The Bang Bang Oriental Food hall is the newest and largest Asian food court in London. Located in Colindale, an hour via bus across London from where I, Jessica live, James, my father, my two sisters and I trekked to what now could be a rival of Chinatown.
I have been here once before with my family, but without James a few weeks prior to this trip and with so much to offer, I simply knew we had to come back and with the opportunity of James’ Easter stay, it was a given that we were back on that bus for a well-worth journey for some delicious (but not as good as grandma makes it) Asian food.
Spicy chicken ramen – £9.25
“Asian food: some familiar, some new and exciting. A huge selection of menus from Mumbai to Tokyo and all under one roof: 27 different restaurants, many preparing and cooking their dishes on site. You are literally spoilt for choice.”
On my previous visit, I was craving some serious ramen and there I found ‘Rain Samurai Ryu’, and I was not disappointed. That came highly recommended and a safer option for James to go for on his first trip here. So that is what we got and I’m sure he can agree that the spice, hot soup and hearty chicken complimented the halved boiled eggs.
For me, I knew I had to try something completely different – which lead me to ‘Makatcha’ which is from the beautiful country of Malaysia. I had not had Malaysian food before, but the photos looked delicious and something meaty was on the agenda, and spice too, so spicy is what I got!
Although you cannot see it in the photo properly, but there was much more meat than it seems and was definitely worth the money – it was so filling and full of flavour, much more than just the spice.
The prices at BANG BANG are reasonable as it’s pretty much the same as you’d find in regular restaurants. However, that makes it dangerous as it’s an open food court, you’d be tempted to buy more than one dish and from different places and across cuisines. We’ll definitely be returning to try something different.
And to end every meal, we had to get dessert, no mater how full we were. This time, I went back to my roots and headed over to the Filipino stall – if you are like me and know that it’s hard to go out and eat your own culture food because you just know, no one makes it like your grandma does and it could never compare.
This very cold dessert (wasn’t really a good idea considering it was raining outside) ‘Halo Halo’ is something I do not have often and I wanted to make the most of it. Personally for me, you have to be in the mood for it and there’s so much to explain about what’s inside – you’ll just have to try it for yourself!
Have you been to BANG BANG before? What’s your favourite Asian cuisine?
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