It is a family affair at Bunn Mee, the first restaurant venture for 2018 MasterChef Australia contestant Jenny Lam.
Lam has teamed up with her mum Kim Tieu, dad Minh Nguyen and sister Linda Le to open the Vietnamese 30-seater at 112 Oxford Street, Leederville, where Vietnamese banh mi rolls will be the star attractions and will be given away from 10-11 this morning.
Lam joked she had bought “every single banh mi in Perth” to perfect theirs, which will feature homemade butter and pate.
“Mum will have all our classics, the best things mum makes we love eating at home,” she said.
There will be dishes everyone knows such as pho and other dishes not being done the same way elsewhere in town such as the banh hoi chao tom sugarcane prawns with delicate rice vermicelli turned into cakes.
Le had always dreamed of opening a street food place and the family thought the timing post Lam’s MasterChef appearance was perfect.
“We actually work well together, mum and Dad always had cafes and fish and chip shops which we all worked in,” Lam said.
Lam and her mum will spend most of their time in the kitchen and Le has designed the drinks, although the coffee is Tieu’s own blend after doing plenty of research in Vietnam this year.
Talented artist Nguyen has paintings on display including one of a street food cart that he built to serve as part of the counter. He also put up all the colourful silk lanterns and turned Vietnamese hats into light fittings.
“We want you to feel like you have been transported to Vietnam,” Lam said of the restaurant that will trade 9am-3pm Mondays-Saturdays and 11am-4pm on Sundays.
The busy entrepreneur is self-publishing her debut cookbook Eat Like a Viet next year, holding Vietnamese food workshops at Kitchen Warehouse including on Saturday at Malaga and Sunday at Cockburn still has her marketing business and has just launched Generous Foods specialising in cooking classes, team building events and catering.