Broken Rice (Com Tam) – must eat Vietnamese food
Broken Rice – Com Tam is one of the most favorite dishes in South Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City. It’s easy to see a Com Tam stall with attractive smell on the streets in the morning or at night.
Main ingredients of Com Tam is broken rice, which is steamed before being served. This kind of steamed rice is smaller than normal steamed rice so that it’s comfortable to eat.
Toppings of Broken Rice dishes are grilled pork chop, Vietnamese pork and egg pie, thinly shredded pork skin mixed with toasted rice powder and fried egg. Some people don’t want to eat all of them with their Com Tam dish but only one or two main toppings. Must ingredients are mix of chopped green onion and oil making Com Tam have special smell, sliced cucumber, pickled carrot and white radish making it easier to eat. A small bowl of soup with white radish, carrot and chopped green onion and sweet and sour fish sauce dip are also served with a plate of steamed broken rice and toppings. When you enjoy a Com Tam dish, you will feel something very Vietnamese. It’s really a perfect mix to make an amazing food that wins not only locals but visitors’s heart.
Grilled pork chop is popular around the world and it taste differently in each country. We marinate the pork chop with soy sauce, honey, oyster oil, chicken oil, sesame oil, fish sauce, small onion, garlic, black pepper, lemon grass, butter, coconut cream and orange juice. The marinated pork chop is grilled on char coal and the cook must stand and take care the chop until it’s ready.
Vietnamese pork and egg pie to eat with is a secret receipt of Vietnamese people. This pork pie is made from pork, wood ear mushroom, jicama and egg. Pork is ground, mushroom and jicama are shredded before being mixed with egg. Then the mix is steamed until it’s well-done, egg yolk is poured into the mold to make the orange layer on the pie. The cook will cut the pie into small pieces to serve with Broken Rice.
Finally, the fish sauce dip is a mix of lemon juice, coconut water, sugar and ground chili and garlic. The dipping fish sauce is a must to eat with Com Tam. The diner use the spoon to get a little of dip and put onto the steamed broken rice before eating. A fork is used to eat the grilled pork chop as well as pork and egg pie.
A plate of Com Tam with delicious toppings (omlette, meat and egg pie, shredded pig skin, pickles and cucumber slices). Fish sauce dip is a must to eat with Broken Rice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Broken Rice with grilled pork chop – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Broken Rice With shrimp,shredded pig skin, omlette and herbs – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Saigon people also love eating Broken rice with stuffed bitter melon soup – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Pork and egg pie eaten with Broken Rice – Photo by Scooter Saigon Tour
Places to enjoy best broken rice (Com Tam) in Saigon:
- “Thuan Kieu” – 26 Ton That Tung street, District 1.
- “Cali” – 32 Nguyen Trai street, District 1.
- Com Tam – 202 Tran Quang Khai street, District 1.
- Bui Saigon food stall – 100 Thach Thi Thanh street, District 1.
- “Cha Cua” – 113 Nguyen Phi Khanh street, District 1.
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