Afghan kitchen

Afghan Kitchen is a cosy little restaurant that’s about 5-10 minutes’ walk from Angel tube station, serving (you guessed it) Afghan food. I have to admit I didn’t do much research at all before going, and pretty much resorted to Googling dishes after I had ordered them (oops!).

My girlfriend’s ABC soup

ABC soup or “luo song tang” (罗宋汤) is a simple soup popular among Chinese families, and it’s usually served with a bowl of rice. Some say its name comes from the vitamins it contains: vitamin A from the carrots, vitamin B(6) from the potato and vitamin C from the tomatoes, while others say it came by…

Kimbab (or kimbap)

To the casual observer, sushi and kimbab may appear to be very much alike, but I’d just like to make it clear that kimbab is NOT sushi. 🙂 Sushi is Japanese, kimbab is Korean, for starters. Secondly, sushi is typically made with raw fish, unseasoned raw vegetables, sweetened, vinegared rice and accompanied by soy sauce while kimbab usually consists of cooked meat, seasoned or pickled vegetables and unsweetened rice seasoned with sesame oil. This means kimbab is a self-contained meal that’s ready to be enjoyed as is.

Ham, cheese and kimchi sandwiches/toasties

This is a simple yet effective twist on the time-honoured tradition of the ham, cheese and pickle sandwich. It works for two reasons:

1. Kimchi is basically a spicy pickle anyway, so its not so outlandish if you think about the fact that you are replacing a pickle with a spicy pickle.

2. Kimchi goes with pretty much any savoury dish, as those of you who have tried kimchi burritos and kimchi burgers (or anything else with added kimchi) will know.

Union Viet

Union Viet is a Vietnamese restaurant/cafe that’s a stone’s throw away from Southwark and London Bridge tube stations. It’s a lovely family-run place that takes its food seriously, with a no-frills approach to dining. It looks small at first but they have more tables upstairs so you should be able to get a seat even at peak times.


Bingsoo (or bingsu, depending on how it is transliterated), is a Korean shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings. The standard version is topped with red beans (called “pat” in Korean) and this is known as patbingsoo. 

Banh Banh

This lovely little Vietnamese place in Peckham is a wonderful reprieve from all the fried chicken joints. It’s a 5-10 minute walk from Peckham Rye station, which makes it easy to get to if you’re taking the Overground.