Banh Banh is a combination of three things we love: Peckham, Vietnamese cuisine and Grandma’s cooking (very much depends on your Grandma’s cooking) and soon they’ll be launching their first restaurant which follows on from a residency at the Bussey Building.
The first thing in the trio is Peckham. The Nguyens (the five siblings who run Banh Banh) grew up in the area which is quickly becoming one of London’s most exciting foodie destinations so it seemed only right that they opened their restaurant there. Next up is the fact that it’s Vietnamese cuisine; we all know that Londoners can’t get enough of the stuff at the moment, you only have to look at the number of Vietnamese restaurants that have opened in the last few months to know this. Lastly, Grandma’s cooking – if there is one lady who’s never going to let you go hungry it’s your Grandma. The Nguyens’ Grandma just so happened to be a cook in 1940s Saigon and compiled a book of all her recipes which she used to cook them when they were little.
Taking inspiration from their Grandma’s cookbook, the restaurant will focus on Vietnamese street food during the day with classics such as Pho (remember, if you want to look like you know what you’re talking about, it’s pronounced ‘fuh’) and Banh Mi – those wonderfully, crunchy Vietnamese baguettes. Whilst in the evening it’ll all be about sharing plates; think fried snapper with mango and their signature dish, Banh Khot – crispy coconut and turmeric pancakes.
You don’t have long to wait as it’s opening this month!
Banh Banh: Opens April, 46 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR, www.banhbanh.com