A giant perk of creating a food blog is your friends will start inviting you to their favorite "hidden gem" restaurants. A word of warning- I will blog about it. Even if you tell me to keep it a secret. If I agreed to that, I lied. I will expose your secrets. Last Friday, the lovely Kyira invited me to her new favorite restaurant- (Bo Laksa King's) Bubbles and Bits.
Picture by Chow Times. (my night photo did not turn out with my crappy camera)
Honestly, I wouldn't have gone here on my own. I have gone past this restaurant found in a strip under some condos on Hastings Street many times. I thought it was only bubble tea and bubble tea freaks me out a bit. All those pearls shooting up the enlarged straw into your mouth and then bursting, ack!
I am so very happy that Kyira made that first trip in because their food is amazing.
The interior is very sparse in a purple and black theme. They have these fabric panels up on the wall. I am not sure if they serve a purpose, but I liked the fabric. It is a fairly small joint with seating for about 15 people.
They have a double sided menu with a vast offering of the bubble tea options on one side and then the food items on the back side. I am still not certain if this place is 2 types of restaurants sharing one storefront? Since it was a cold night, I ordered the honey milk tea, hot- no tapioca pearls.
I loved the teapot/cup that it was served in. Kyira also ordered a tea and her teapot was brown with white polka dots. I was a bit jealous. The tea was strong and warm and really tasted like honey. Next time I will try the matcha green tea milk tea. I hope it tastes like Pocky.
We decided to order a bunch of dishes and share. We started with the Laska:
Your choice of vermicelli or yellow noodle served with tiger prawn, fish ball, tofu puff, hard boil egg, chicken and house make authentic flavour coconuts curry broth.
Wow. I was really excited about this soup because we had just finished re watching Season 4 of Top Chef where Lisa made a Laksa that was way to smokey and Anthony Bourdain didn't like it. He said he has eaten a lot of Laksa in his travels. If Anthony Bourdain likes it, I am willing to give it a try. (Although, he did eat warthog anus in another episode. Maybe I should rethink that theory....)
It was really spicy and the flavourful. All the meat options were really well cooked and there was a generous serving of noodles. The whole egg was strange to me, but I am not an egg fan. I look forward to having this dish all to myself next time.
BEEF RENDONG $8.75
Marinated beef slowly cooked with coconuts gravy and Bo’s special spice, served with rice.
I am not sure what is in Bo's special spice, but wow, did it have a kick. So tasty. The beef was tender and I loved the sauce.
Kyria insisted that we try the Papaya Salad.
PAPAYA SALAD $6.75
Shredded green papaya, tomato, onions, cilantro, crushed peanuts, fresh red chilli, dried shrimps, green beans, mix with garlic, lime, vinaigrette dressing.
This dish was the most surprising to me. I have had some boring papaya salad before so I was really amazed at how spicy this was. The shrimp tasted like they were candied (in a good way).
At the end of the meal Bo came out and chatted with us about the food. I really like that touch. He told us they have a special on weekends that is a Spicy Tomato Chili Crab (over 1.5lb) for only $19.99. You need to order this in advance.
This was the best part of the meal:
All that food for under $30.00! My suggestion- change the name and highlight the food on the windows. That is the money.