Address: 11955 88 Avenue, Delta, BC 4C
La Meza Grill is nested inside the 88th Season’s Mart. Once we stepped in, the smell and sound of sizzling meat really opened our appetite. The restaurant wasn’t too big, but it was clean and modern looking.
We ordered two savory breakfast items off their extensive menu.
Longsilog and Tapsilog – $8.95 each
The two dishes were nearly identical except for the choice of protein. Longsilog came with pork sausages that tasted very similar to Taiwanese sausage in which they had quite a bit of sweetness to them. Tapsilog, on the other hand, had garlic cured beef that reminded us of Malaysian style satays. The beef was crisply caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside.
On the sides were refreshing tomato salad that paired well with the grilled meats, and garlic rice that was extremely satisfying to eat with the runny yolk of the sunny-side-up eggs.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Delicious and affordable breakfast!
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).
Location: 3144 West Broadway, Vancouver
We stumbled across this tiny Malaysian eatery on W Broadway one night. The place was very busy during dinner time, as there was an abundance of both eat-in patrons and takeout customers. They even had a sign acknowledging that they were short-staffed! Although the service wasn’t the fastest, the staff was still very friendly and welcoming.
We decided the order two of the most iconic Southeast Asian dishes: Hainanese chicken rice, and laksa noodle soup.
Hainanese chicken rice + soup ($13.50 for large)
(The radish soup was not shown because it was too delicious, and we consumed it before we could take pictures)
The chicken-oil-infused rice is a borderline guilty pleasure. Once you start eating, you will not want to stop. It was nice of them to de-bone all the chicken! However, it does make the portion size appear smaller. We liked the contrast of the two dipping sauces (red = sweet and sour chilli sauce; green = garlic, chives, and ginger?). As you can see in the photo, they also drizzled sweet soy sauce all over the chicken. As a small nitpick, we wished the sauces were separated and served in small dipping trays. That way, the customers can have full control over what and how much they want to dip! Continue reading