The Begging Bowl, Peckham – Revisited

South London Blog is officially four years old – hurray!!  During that time we’ve managed to go on a pretty decent gastronomic tour of south London – we may not have been to every district south of the river, but we’ve had a good try!  SLB went to the Begging Bowl, on Peckham’s Bellenden Road, three years ago as part of our Twenty Days -Twenty Dinners feature – an epic journey eating our way around south London.  We had to call in reinforcements to help us though (lightweights!) and you can read the original review by our guest blogger, Rachel Mulrenan, here.

Tiger prawn in betel leaf

Friends who used to live nearby were visiting over Christmas and they wanted to go back to what was one of their favourite haunts. They ordered all the stuff they liked while I just sat back and ate it – I don’t know about you but I quite like someone ordering all the food for me!

As Rachel said in her review, The Begging Bowl serves Thai food with a twist. We kicked off with tiger prawns served on a betel leaf with peanuts, pomelo, dried galangal and palm sugar – exceptionally tasty. We moved on to crispy squid with red turmeric and kaffir lime leaf served with a sour chilli dip – the squid was perfectly cooked – soft, not rubbery as happens if its even slightly overcooked.

Brussel tops Thai style

Then came a stir fry of brussel tops with Thai garlic and fermented yellow bean – I loved this Thai version of my favourite green veg.  Moving on, we enjoyed a salad of salsify, betel leaf, lemon grass and Thai shallots, and finally we had clams served in an aromatic broth with ginger, celery, pickled plums and samphire – this dish was an absolute triumph – in appearance and taste!

Clams in broth

So, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Begging Bowl, which is definitely one of my south London favourites. If you haven’t been yet, you must give it a try, but make sure to book as it’s usually very busy. Dishes cost between £5-13.50 and wine is from £19.75 per bottle.

The Begging Bowl, 168 Bellenden Road, Peckham SE15 4BW

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