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Bo Laksa King's--weekend specials

el_lobo_solo Oct 17, 2009 12:28 PM

I thought this should be a new topic since it's not about Laksa in Western Canada, but thanks to flowbee on that thread for mentioning the first of BLK's weekend specials.

They have a couple this weekend. The first is a Burmese soup called mohingar. Bo said it took 5 hours to make this fish broth, and it's well worth it. Just as good as the laksa broth. There are rice noodles, cut up fried Chinese donuts, torn up mint leaves, fried onions (?), a lime wedge, and bits of green chili. I also got some red chili powder which definitely made things spicy. The broth is nice and light. Nice lunch for a rainy Sat.

The other dish was the homemade roti canai with another light curry broth with bits of chicken. Haven't had this for a long time. You get two big pieces of the bread and they're cooked right in front of you. It's doughy with that crispy outside. The attached photo is post-broth spillage, so you actually get a bit more than shown.

It looks like they'll have different offerings each weekend. Great start.

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  1. fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 17, 2009 01:03 PM

    It's a brilliant idea! That would be a good intro into Burmese cuisine for many people. I'm sure that it is also a practice run at a full-blown Burmese resto. (Any sign of pickled tea leaf?)


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      el_lobo_solo RE: fmed Oct 17, 2009 09:54 PM

      I didn't ask (or know about pickled tea leaf) so I"m not sure. And if this is a practice run for a resto, I'll be more than happy to partake over the upcoming weekends. The roti canai was also good for sopping up the last bits of the mohingar broth

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        fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 17, 2009 10:33 PM

        I'm thinking of going tomorrow.

        PS Pickled tea leaf is used for the Burmese tea leaf salad. He's probably still having problems sourcing it.

      2. re: fmed
        BLKING RE: fmed Nov 21, 2009 04:26 PM

        Hey Guys, Now you can get (Pickled Tea Leaf Salad) in BLK.

        See You Guys Soon.

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          fmed RE: BLKING Nov 21, 2009 04:55 PM


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        miss.foodie RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 17, 2009 01:08 PM

        Yum! Thanks for posting. I'll be sure to check it out when I'm in town next month. I've never tried Burmese food before.

        1. flowbee RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 17, 2009 06:30 PM

          nice one, lobo! can't wait to try it out!

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          1. re: flowbee
            grayelf RE: flowbee Oct 18, 2009 08:47 AM

            That sounds different than the mohinga I've tried in San Francisco, the only place I've sampled Burmese. Please let this be the beginning of a full Burmese menu!

          2. flowbee RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 19, 2009 07:34 AM

            Managed to try the burmese soup and roti canai yesterday. Got the very last order of roti canai! Thank FSM! The soup was very tasty, slightly sour and spicy. The wife said it reminded her of vietnamese Bun Rieu. There were slices of banana blossom in the soup that you dump on top, and also slices of egg. The noodles included the cut up chinese donut which soak up all the broth (yummy!) and cut up green beans. Bo brought us a dish of some dried shrimp, fish (?), scallop (?) to sprinkle on top. Great stuff. Would order it again if it ever shows up on the weekend special.

            The roti canai was the best I've had in town for a loooooooong time! Crispy on the outside, soft and elastic on the inside. So flaky and croissant-like, it blew me away! The curry soup for dipping was different from either the Burmese fish soup and the laksa curry soup. To us it tasted more like an East Indian type curry flavour, a little saltier, with chunks of chicken. Interesting Burmese take on roti canai.

            He mentioned there would be a Burmese cold noodle salad for the next weekend special, along with roti canai. He really hit a home run with the roti canai!

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            1. re: flowbee
              fmed RE: flowbee Oct 19, 2009 07:55 AM

              That roti looks fantastic.

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              makan2 RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 23, 2009 07:32 PM

              Pardon my ignorance, what is the name of this restaurant and where is it?


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                fmed RE: makan2 Oct 23, 2009 07:34 PM

                It is called "Bo Laksa King"
                4910 Joyce Street.

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                  makan2 RE: fmed Oct 23, 2009 07:39 PM

                  Thanks, fmed.

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                    fmed RE: makan2 Oct 23, 2009 07:49 PM

                    I wish I could add a Chowhound "Place Link"...but I haven't been able to do this successfully since they updated the system.

              2. el_lobo_solo RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 24, 2009 02:29 PM

                This weekend's offerings were yellow wheat noodle salad with dried shrimp, Khao Swe Thohk, and the roti canai, which is now available as a small order (one bread) or large (two pieces). After last week's version, I had to get another. It was fun to see Bo do the smash-crunch move on the cutting board before letting the bread finish up cooking. It's still good, as with the broth.

                The Khao Swe Thohk has yellow noodles, bits of chicken and potatoes, ground chickpea and ground yellow pea, dried shrimp and onions, slices of fried garlic, fish sauce, eggs, and optional chili powder. This was a filling dish, and I liked the occasional crunch from the garlic. I've only had a couple other Burmese salads, which had more crunch than Khao Swe Thohk. I'm sure the other salads had different fried lentils or seeds. The dried shrimp and fish sauce were not overpowering.

                The salad also comes with a side order of soup. Really light chicken broth with bits of chicken and daikon. I love daikon and got to thinking if there's a Burmese version of Japanese o-den because when it gets cold, o-den hits the spot.

                Next week: Rainbow Salad. My jaw dropped.

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                1. re: el_lobo_solo
                  fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 24, 2009 02:35 PM

                  Here is Burma Superstar's Rainbow Salad:


                  Bo needs to Twitter (or is Tweet?) this info!


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                    el_lobo_solo RE: fmed Oct 24, 2009 02:50 PM

                    Looks like we were thinking the same thing because as soon as I got home, I went to look for pix of BSS's Rainbow Salad, although I think Burmese Kitchen (aka Larkin Express also in SF) would've been better since their Tea Leaf Salad and Ginger Salad were so good. The presentation of the Rainbow Salad is beautiful before the mixing. I wonder how it will be done next week considering the size and shape of the containers.

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                      grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 25, 2009 07:43 PM

                      ELS, totally loving your running commentary on the specials. I have now written Bo Laksa King in my daytimer for this weekend :-). I've never tried Rainbow Salad in SF as I'm always so fixated on the tea leaf salad, and I can't remember if Burmese Kitchen has it -- I only have the old takeout menu and last time I looked it wasn't online. I will check when we are there in November.

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                        PolarBear RE: grayelf Oct 26, 2009 07:37 AM

                        Pretty sure we had it at BK (aka Larkin Express Deli) last visit. First had it at Burma Super Star and flipped over it.

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                          grayelf RE: PolarBear Oct 26, 2009 09:14 AM

                          Thanks PB -- psyched to try some Burmese on "home turf"!

                2. el_lobo_solo RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 31, 2009 02:05 PM

                  Let me write this with the gentle heat still lingering in my mouth. I had their 12-ingredient Rainbow Salad today: sliced cucumber and green papaya (for the crunch), house-made chili powder, sliced egg, carrots, bean sprouts, fried garlic, 2 types of fungus (a white and brown), glass noodles, yellow noodles, and rice. And the tamarind dressing. Does that make it 13 ingredients then? Does it matter? It's not like this is the express line at the grocers ; )

                  The salads were already prepared in the containers, and all you have to do is add the dressing (after a little shake), mix, and happy eats. It looks great. I wonder what the mise en place looked like at the back. This is a delicious mix of things. I like salads from this area of the world that start off cool then comes the heat from the chili. Traditional Rainbow Salads would have seaweed, ground yellow chickpea, and peanuts. They said having the latter two ingredients would make it too similar to last week's salad. Another winner.

                  You also get the daikon, chicken soup.

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                  1. re: el_lobo_solo
                    fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Oct 31, 2009 03:16 PM

                    Looks great! I am car-less this weekend or else I would be there.

                    Did he mention what's on special for next weekend?

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                      grayelf RE: fmed Oct 31, 2009 09:26 PM

                      Thanks for the preview -- hoping to go tomorrow. I do love when they use the crunchy dried pulses and legumes though...

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                        el_lobo_solo RE: fmed Nov 1, 2009 12:41 AM

                        fmed, I asked, but they're still mulling it over. I wouldn't mind a surprise this time.

                        grayelf, I hear ya. The cucumber and papaya added some crunch, but I too like the crunch from dried legumes.

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                          grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 2, 2009 07:16 AM

                          Made it to BLK with the SO yesterday for lunch. We arrived around 12:40 and were promptly served a full order of roti canai (marvelous but I'd just get one next time as they are HUGE), laksa and spicy rainbow salad. Way more than enough for two and all delicious. I though the laksa was the best I've tried, and the dipping sauce for the roti really stood out too.

                          Bo wasn't there yet but his lovely wife was and we chatted about the ingredients, Chowhound and how hard it is to get good Burmese ingredients here. They are still looking for tea leaves, which I understand are so hard to get that Dennis from Burmese Kitchen in SF goes home once a year to source them (!).

                          Still no word on next weekend's special (Bo's still thinkin') but I urge anyone who's remotely in the neighbourhood (very near Joyce Loop) to check out this little place.

                          Sidenote: two other fellows came in just after we did because they had read about BLK on Chowhound!

                    2. el_lobo_solo RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 7, 2009 01:58 PM

                      After the debacle of trying to get Olympic tix this morning, I left wondering where those 2 hours of my life constantly refreshing websites had gone to. I thought that experience was frustrating, but I get into BLK and see Tiffany (Bo's wife) temporarily running the till for the shop and running BLK on her own. Kudos to her since she did both with a smile ; )

                      Today I had a Samusa Salad. Three crisp samusas with potatoes, Burmese curry, and other spices inside atop a bed of some sliced veggies, and then smothered with a curry sauce that also had potatoes and a beaten egg. The curry sauce is different from anything they've done before, but it's still equally good. I opted for the green chili, which made things spicy. A delicious dish.

                      Bo was able to source some Burmese tea leaves yesterday, so with the salad you also get some tea with condensed milk. Very creamy and a nice way to finish the salad. No machine foamer here as Tiffany did a few high pourings between two cups to achieve the foam.

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                      1. re: el_lobo_solo
                        ck1234 RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 7, 2009 02:12 PM

                        el_lobo_solo - keep this up and you're going to make me go there! Sounds delicious today! Thanks for the update. P.S. You get to try the Olympic thing all over next Saturday - good luck!!!

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                          grayelf RE: ck1234 Nov 11, 2009 11:48 PM

                          Samusa salad, yum. Just back from SF where we had stellar (Burmese Kitchen) and not-so-much (Burma Superstar) renditions of samusa soup, among other things. Working hard to figure out how to get BLK into our regular weekend rotation...

                      2. el_lobo_solo RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 16, 2009 05:18 PM

                        On this cold, rainy evening I was gunning for some laksa, but there was one of the weekend specials left. Nan Jee Thohk is a rice noodle salad dish that's topped with a chicken curry sauce with the noodles, chickpea powder, cilantro, fried onions in oil, fried garlic, shrimp paste, heat from the chili powder, and lots of lime below. The lime juice rounded off this dish well.

                        BLK is also looking at a pan-Asian menu (Burmese, Thai, Indonesian, etc.) through a website. People would order online and get it delivered. Late night eats will be possible since they plan on delivering up to 2am.

                        Next weekend is still in the works. Bo said it will be something from the Burma-China border region.

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                          twinkienic RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 16, 2009 06:41 PM

                          Delivery! That would be fantastic! I love their laksa but it's such a trek to get out there that I don't have it nearly as much as I'd like.

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                          miss.foodie RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 21, 2009 05:55 PM

                          The weekend special this week is a wheat noodle salad with either bbq pork, duck, or chicken. I ordered it with the duck. The noodle salad was delicious! It contained wheat noodles which were cooked to perfection, slices of soy sauce duck, some slices of scallion and a little bit of cilantro. All tossed together with some dressing, it was a match made in heaven! Silly me forgot to take down the authentic name forthe dish.

                          I also ordered the pickled tea leaf salad although I haven't tried it yet tonight. I'm eating solo tonight but I ordered it anyways as Bo said it could keep for 3-4 days. Will share this with my friend tomorrow and post my thoughts. Bo said he has limited quantities of the pickled tea leaf so you should try it soon before he runs out!

                          There was also a bowl of pickled cabbage soup that came with, (I believe), the noodle salad. It was delicious! I wasn't sure what to expect for pickled cabbage soup but it had the perfect combination of sour, spicy and salty flavours.

                          I'm attaching pics of the duck noodle salad, the pickled tea leaf salad and the pickled cabbage soup.

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                            grayelf RE: miss.foodie Nov 21, 2009 09:47 PM

                            Thanks BLK for the heads up on the pickled tea leaf. Miss.foodie, your picture of it nearly made me weep. Do I know where I am going for lunch tomorrow? Oh yeah!!

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                              repartee RE: grayelf Nov 21, 2009 10:49 PM

                              This I gotta try! Might see you there, grayelf.

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                                el_lobo_solo RE: repartee Nov 21, 2009 11:55 PM

                                Me three.. Impromptu chowdown ; ) Cool. I think we've all been waiting for this one.

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                                  grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 22, 2009 09:28 AM

                                  Will keep an eye out for y'all! I'll be there around noon...

                            2. re: miss.foodie
                              el_lobo_solo RE: miss.foodie Nov 22, 2009 11:57 AM

                              So the dish that really made my last trip to SF memorable has come home. Everything that I liked about the version I had at BK is here--the crunch and the pickled tea leaf that wasn't dominated by loads of lettuce (as at BSS). Took Bo's advice and bit into the tiny clove of raw garlic and the red chili with each bite. I got one chili, which was enough. Don't know how miss.foodie's got 3, pointing up like devil's horns, yikes! Never knew about this Burmese way of eating it, and it was good. He also recommended having jasmine tea as well, which I remember from SF.

                              The supplier, which Bo won't divulge (well-played, sir), is supposed to have pickled tea leaf on a regular basis. The salad could be available all the time.

                              grayelf, nice to put a face to a name!

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                                fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 22, 2009 04:33 PM

                                LOL. Greyelf was still there when I arrived. I must have just missed you lobo. Pics to come.

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                                  fmed RE: fmed Nov 22, 2009 06:00 PM

                                  Bo and tea leaf salads (and pics of the rare as hen's teeth pickled tea leaf)

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                                    twinkienic RE: fmed Nov 22, 2009 06:19 PM

                                    Oh man... we must have just missed the tea leaf salad! We were in on Saturday for a late lunch and Bo wasn't in. Had the wheat noodle salad, though, which was delicious. The sauce was oil-based and actually reminded me a bit of the soy sauce mixture for steamed fish in Chinese restaurants (maybe it's the green onion infused in it that reminds me of that). It paired surprisingly well with the pickled cabbage soup.

                                    Must go back soon for the tea leaf salad!

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                                      fmed RE: twinkienic Nov 22, 2009 06:49 PM

                                      Bo posted that he managed to source laphet literally minutes after he received the delivery - late afternoon Saturday. Go next week. He said he will have roti!

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                                        miss.foodie RE: fmed Nov 22, 2009 10:59 PM

                                        I know.. I stumbled upon the pickled tea leaf salad completely by accident. I had not seen Bo's post as at that time I was just leaving the house to go and pick up some laksa for dinner. When I walked in (which was about 15 mins after he had posted), Bo told me he had just gotten the tea leaf for the salad everyone has been waiting for... so I HAD to get one to see what it was all about. I loved the different textures and flavours. It was definitely a memorable dish and I'll be looking forward to going back to BLK for more.

                                        I'm so glad I lucked out yesterday and got to try the infamous tea leaf salad while I'm still in town visiting.

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                                  repartee RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 22, 2009 07:46 PM

                                  Best laid plans and all that.........

                                  Anyway, such is the allure of this pickled tea leaf salad that I've reserved it for tomorrow!

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                                    grayelf RE: repartee Nov 23, 2009 07:08 AM

                                    This is pretty funny. I walk in at noon and el_lobo_solo is already there. I'm finishing up my lunch and waiting for my orders to go when fmed walks in with one of his chowpups. He takes pictures of the two tea leaf salads I'm taking away (which he left unmixed as it was going to be some time before I could deliver them to the lucky recipients). Meanwhile Bo is talking about miss.foodie's and twinkie's visits the day before and the phone rings. It's repartee reserving two orders for Monday :-). I guess if it wasn't obvious from these posts, that proves how keen the Hounds around here are for Burmese food...

                                    Concur completely on els' assessments of BLK's tea leaf salad, BTW. Very comparable to Burmese Kitchen's rendition, though with Bo's special twists as noted. I was a bit leery of the whole dried shrimp but they were not too "shrimpy" and the whole thing just came together really well. Head and shoulders above the Burma Superstar and Pagan versions also FWIW. Well done Bo to find this stuff here. The clandestine nature of your sourcing makes it even more fun :-).

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                                      repartee RE: grayelf Nov 23, 2009 07:38 PM

                                      So, I get myself up there in the driving rain today to have lunch and get the Holy Grail.

                                      I'm tucking in and I hear a voice behind me - "Do you have any more pickled tea leaf salad?" "Ah" thinks I "another Chowhound".

                                      It was non other than el_lobo_solo. Ya gotta love it.

                                      Put the capper on the day by going to Panaderia next door and stocking up on dulce de leche fare.

                                      The area of Joyce and Kingsway is pretty interesting, isn't it.

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                                        el_lobo_solo RE: repartee Nov 23, 2009 07:57 PM

                                        In the words of one of my fave bands: "Just can't get enough"

                                        repartee, nice to meet you. I get the feeling I could just sit on that red bar stool, and I'd meet all sorts of Hounds.

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                                          miss.foodie RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 23, 2009 09:04 PM

                                          el_lobo, I actually saw you there 2 weeks ago getting the samusa salad. I had just arrived in town that day and BLK was my first meal of the trip. I was sitting there at the black tables having the laksa and samusa salad when you came in to order the salad. I saw you taking pictures and thought to myself, I wonder if this guy is one of the hounds... At that point, I had not met any of the vancouver hounds yet... so I was shy and didn't introduce myself as I wasn't sure and thought it might be kind of awkward if you weren't one of the hounds... after I saw your post later that afternoon, then i knew for sure... And after meeting and chowing with a bunch of the hounds here the last few weeks, I realize how nice and friendly everyone is here... If I ever run into you again, I'll for sure introduce myself.

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                                            ms_chow_meow RE: miss.foodie Nov 23, 2009 10:49 PM

                                            Do they have a revolving Chow-hound door for all these hounders hovering around BLK's place this weekend? Of all place to convene...it's interesting from all these posts that everyone is bumping into each other. It's nice to have met many of the Van-hounders thanks to miss Foodie introducing me to my own city! Oh the love of food! Will need to charge up my camera batteries to take Food pics!... will definitely be eating more at BLK as it's close to my work and can have a wonderful lunch!!! Am going to continue to be a Hound follower!!!

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                                              fmed RE: ms_chow_meow Nov 24, 2009 08:35 AM

                                              Welcome to your new obsession ms_chow_meow. Sorry about that.

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                                            grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 23, 2009 09:28 PM

                                            els, from one long-time DM fan to another, I hear ya -- that stuff is addictive. I couldn't figure out why I was buzzed all Sunday afternoon till I realized how much caffeine there must be in an entire tea leaf salad :-).

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                                              flowbee RE: grayelf Nov 24, 2009 06:24 AM

                                              I was thinking the same thing, as I was eating my tea leaf salad leftovers yesterday for dinner :) Luckily I was able to sleep fine. I gotta say it was a new taste for me. The wife didn't like it so much but I loved it -- especially eating it freshly mixed by hand and being able to taste all the crunchy bits.

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                                  gourmet wife RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 25, 2009 08:49 AM

                                  I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't seem to locate the store hours. Anyone know?

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                                    fmed RE: gourmet wife Nov 25, 2009 02:34 PM

                                    Good question. I'll ask next time I'm there if you don't get a reply.

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                                      BLKING RE: gourmet wife Nov 25, 2009 06:22 PM

                                      10:00Am to 8:00Pm monday to sunday.7 Days A Week.

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                                        Arwai82 RE: gourmet wife Apr 24, 2010 06:57 PM

                                        I just went to get a bowl of Laksa today, the hours are now 10:00am-9:00pm.

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                                        BLKING RE: el_lobo_solo Nov 28, 2009 09:56 AM

                                        five different kind of special today in BLK.

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                                          BLKING RE: BLKING Dec 17, 2009 11:13 PM

                                          pickled ginger salad is here now.

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                                          bdachow RE: el_lobo_solo Dec 18, 2009 06:36 AM

                                          Have had to add this to the list of places to visit in my trip home over Christmas! Have never had Burmese cuisine so this should be an interesting revelation!!! Can't wait!!!

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                                            grayelf RE: bdachow Dec 18, 2009 09:26 AM

                                            REALLY hoping to make it out to BLK for the ginger salad -- I've never had it even in SF. Will try to convince the mater to make a detour when we are out Xmas shopping tomorrow :-).

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                                              bdachow RE: grayelf Dec 18, 2009 10:58 AM

                                              Ooohhh...looking forward to the post! I'm afraid it'll be a weekday trek out there for me. No specials for me but sounds like the regular stuff is worth it as well!

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                                                el_lobo_solo RE: grayelf Dec 18, 2009 06:18 PM

                                                Last time I had this was in SF at Burmese Kitchen. This was my "dessert" after about 5 different dishes. I remember the ginger slices to be a lot thicker than BLK's, which is shredded with a few of the same ingredients as the tea leaf salad. If you have a cold, all the ginger and garlic in this salad would help you out. As always, crunchy and yummy.

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                                                  grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Dec 18, 2009 10:04 PM

                                                  Now I really have to try it, as I am just getting over a cold :-). I think I convinced Mum with the mention of ginger (one of her favourite things) and the promise of a shared bowl of Bo's tasty laksa. It's really not that much further than the Winter Market where we'll be anyway, right??

                                                  1. re: grayelf
                                                    BLKING RE: grayelf Dec 19, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                    Today special is pickled ginger salad,pickled tealeaf salad,Burmese coconut rice with curry chicken&Spicy pickle cucumber salad,satay prawn&chicken with spicy peanut sauce,Roti Canai with curry chicken dipping sauce and burmese tea.

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                                                      grayelf RE: BLKING Dec 20, 2009 07:04 AM

                                                      So we had the pickled ginger salad, Burmese coconut rice with curry chicken and spicy pickled cucumber salad, roti canai with curry chicken dipping sauce and Burmese tea.

                                                      As always, Bo and Tiffany make eating in a grocery store seem like eating in their home. So gracious and welcoming, even when we interrupted Bo's lunch to order! The standout for me was the rice dish. It's one of those where the first bite tastes good and then every subsequent one keeps tasting even better. I love that. The spicy pickles really add a punch too with the hint of cilantro. The ginger salad is very good though I have to give the edge to my beloved tealeaf. To be fair, they are quite different. Hint from Bo: if you go and just order one of the salads, be sure to get a side of rice, esp with the tea leaf (or you will be "buzzed" for the rest of the day). The intensely flavoured salads are ideal to share as an appetizer if you have 3 to 4 people -- we took 1/3 home to Dad.

                                                      This was plenty of food for 2 -- we were stuffed for just over $20 and probably should have ordered the small (single) roti canai as these puppies are the size of a side plate. FWIW I loved the roti as usual but mum gives the rc at Banana Leaf on Bway near Oak a slight edge as she found this version a touch oily (note small sample size however).

                                                      I was delighted to see Burmese tea on offer -- it was delicious and a steal at $1.50 for a generous cup. The tea itself is beautifully aromatic and sweet, and the prep is worth seeing too (you go, Bo!).

                                                      Note that BLK will be closed only Dec 24, 25 and Jan 1 so plenty of opportunities to chow down on Burmese delicacies over the holidays! Also they are starting evening deliveries in January (till 2 am?!?) so stay tuned on that exciting development.

                                                      1. re: grayelf
                                                        oiboy RE: grayelf Jan 1, 2010 05:16 PM

                                                        Just got back from lunch today. They are open and do have tea leaf salad.

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                                              BLKING RE: el_lobo_solo Feb 1, 2010 02:35 PM

                                              Hello everyone,www.bolaksaking.com will be up and running on Feb 6th 2010.Now you can look at preview menu online.

                                              1. el_lobo_solo RE: el_lobo_solo Feb 7, 2010 07:12 PM

                                                Thought I'd just continue on this thread, although it's more about the new dinner menu. It would be too embarrassing to have delivery (living so close) so I did a pickup. I got the pad thai, which was very good, especially with the accomanying lime, chili, and bit of nam pla sauce. Also got the basil chicken which was the perfect match of saltiness and heat. Both items were decent value too considering other places with the same items. But there were some kinks, as with any new venture. A couple of items weren't available or already sold out by the early evening. And I hope they get the delivery situation sorted out soon otherwise Bo will wear have to wear many hats. This large menu and delivery service are very ambitious for BLK. I hope the quality and their easy-going nature, however, stay the same.

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                                                  grayelf RE: el_lobo_solo Feb 8, 2010 08:13 AM

                                                  Thanks for the early report, lobo. I wish we lived close enough to get delivery -- even pick up would not be fair as the product would suffer travelling so far I fear. Are they offering all the new items for "dine in" as well?

                                                  1. re: grayelf
                                                    el_lobo_solo RE: grayelf Feb 8, 2010 08:59 PM

                                                    The new items are only available with the dinner / delivery menu. I guess you can dine-in from 6-8pm by doing a pick-up. I hope the new items can be more readily available because there are some nice ones on the list.

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                                                  ck1234 RE: el_lobo_solo Mar 7, 2010 03:48 PM

                                                  I was going to cheat on the diet and order tonight. I phoned, "Do you start delivery at 6pm?" "YES". "Do you take credit cards?", "Cash ONLY". Arghh. Well, it saved me breaking my diet but I had a great order ready to go for "cheatsville"... Must be destiny...meaning, I'm not meant to cheat on the diet!

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                                                  1. re: ck1234
                                                    grayelf RE: ck1234 Mar 8, 2010 09:13 AM

                                                    Cash only for delivery is a bummer. We nearly hit BLK on Sat but were closer to North Vietnamese...

                                                  2. fmed RE: el_lobo_solo Mar 23, 2010 11:32 AM

                                                    We were doing some final touch ups to our house renovations this weekend and we didn't have time to cook or time to eat out...so we called up Bo to have some food delivered. We had Laksa, Roti, Tea Leaf Salad, Skewers - all very good. One tip: the roti comes packed in a container and had lost much of its crispiness. I just popped them in the toaster oven for a couple of minutes to rec-crisp them to their former glory.

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                                                      jasongogal RE: el_lobo_solo May 8, 2010 10:48 PM

                                                      Man, this food looks crazy good. If I get a chance, I'm going to definitely hit it up.

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                                                      1. re: jasongogal
                                                        el_lobo_solo RE: jasongogal May 9, 2010 12:49 AM

                                                        Hi jasongogal, BLK is great and keep in mind there's not much seating, although Bo and Tiffany are good company. Noticed your other query on a thread about tropical fruits. They now have a faluda, a dessert with tropical fruits among other things, on their daily menu. Perfect for a warm day. And to continue that thought, if you are in this area, you can check out the Chong Lee grocery store (E.22nd and Rupert) that has tropical fruits too.

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