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
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
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).
Drunken Beef – $11.50
We were intrigued by the word “drunken”. If you ever had Chinese alcoholic chicken before, you would know the distinct “drunken” flavour. This drunken beef also had that distinct taste, but very faint. Aside from that, this was just a staple Asian beef dish consisting of ginger, lemon grass, garlic, basil, mushroom, chili, and soy sauce. We were slightly disappointed; not because it tasted horrible (on the contrary, the sauce was yummy!), but because it wasn’t as unique as we expected. Hidden on the side was a small tiny pile of pickles. Those were quite refreshing, given all the heavy flavours from other dishes.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Good and inexpensive Southeastern cuisine. Definitely recommended if you are in the area (visiting the PNE for example). 🙂