[Restaurant Review] Laksa King

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Address: 2546 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

From the outside, the storefront of Laksa King gave us this “hole-in-the-wall” impression. Once we stepped inside, we noticed that this joint looked nicer than we first expected. Oddly, the interior decor resembled a classic American diner. Nonetheless, the food they serve is unmistakably Southeast Asian.

Roti Canai (large) – $8.00

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Our appetizer was served fresh and hot. Texture-wise, the roti canai reminded us something akin to Chinese pancake and Indian naan. For the most part, the dough was crispy on the outside, and light and airy on the inside; however, they weren’t cooked evenly. The thicker part of the dough was slightly raw and gooey. The chicken curry dipping sauce would make you devour the roti canai fairly quickly.

Laksa – $11.00

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Since the restaurant is called Laksa King, we had to try their Laksa! What a wholesome bowl of goodies this was: mixed noodles (vermicelli + egg noodles), shrimps, fish balls, tofu puffs, hard boiled egg, chicken, and vegetables. Everything was cooked together in a flavourful coconut curry broth. The broth was unique, as it was thicker than most Asian noodle soups. We liked the hint of spiciness to go with the sweetness of the coconut. Our only nitpick was that the toppings were a bit scarce (not in terms of variety, but overall quantity).

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Brunch @ The Union

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Address: 219 Union Street, Vancouver, BC

The Union is a fusion restaurant located by the edge of Chinatown. The inside is very spacious, and it has a casual and vibrant feel.

For our late brunch, we ordered a couple of dishes and a drink.

Cha Yen – $5

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As stated on the menu, this is a concoction of lychee black tea, coconut milk, pandan syrup, and a couple of spices: star anise and cardamom.

Though it was refreshing, this drink was lacking in sweetness. We could taste the fruitiness, but not so much the spices.

Bao Bun Bennies – $14

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That little dollop in the corner was chili sauce

The Bao Buns were special. I would describe them as a mix between Western bread and Chinese buns; quite soft and slightly sweet.

We chose to order smoked salmon to go with our Bao Bun Bennies. You couldn’t really go wrong with the classic pairing of salmon and dill. This dish also came with asparagus; which was a nice, healthy addition 🙂 The side potatoes were crispy and dusted with curry powder.

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