If you walk around Saigon streets, you can easily recognize a delicious dish that has always been highly recommended by locals people and in some forgeign guidebooks. Its name is Com Tam (Broken rice). This is the traditional dish in the South of Vietnam, especially in Saigon. It can be served as breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Origin: This type of rice was the left over broken pieces of rice that Vietnamese rice farmers couldn’t sell, so they used it for themselves in order to save money. Day by day, people find it has the same quality as the whole rice in terms of tasty, smell…so they decided to use it to make the popular “Broken rice”dish as you know now.

Description:The dish become popular today probaly because of its unforgettable taste made from simple ingredients. The dish is usually served with many different meat options such as suon nuong (barbecued pork chop), bi (shredded pork skin), cha trung (steamed pork and egg patty) or trung op la (fried egg). Diced green onion in oil is sprinkled on the meat . A side of pickled vegetables (usually Carrots and Daikon) and sliced cucumber are arranged at the corner to finish the plate. Another essential part that makes up the dish is dipping sauce, a mixture of fish sauce, sugar, lime and chili.

Price: Eating on the street will usually cost you VND 20,000 but expect to pay a bit more in a restaurant.

Places: You can find this dish anywhere from city market, street vendors to luxurious retaurants

Recommend places

  • On street

* Cơm tấm Cao Đạt Serve fast,always have hot soup & very delicious. Price:VND 25,000

Add: 251 Cao Đạt Str, 1 Ward, Dist 5

Cơm tấm Tứ Quý –At night

Add: Tân Định Market, Crn Hai Bà Trưng and Nguyễn Hữu Cầu,Dist 1

* Cơm tấm bò kho (braised beef) (since 1956)

Add: 114 Võ Thị Sáu Str, Tân Định Ward, Dist 1

* Cơm tấm Zen review

Add: 261 Nguyễn Tri Phương Str, 5 Ward, Dist 10

* Cơm Tấm Ba Ghiền – 84 Đặng Văn Ngữ, Ward 10, Phú Nhuận Dist. Price ~25k.

* Cơm Tấm Vĩnh Viễn – 272 Vĩnh Viễn Str, 4 Ward, 10 Dist. Price ~18k. Minus points: Hot & crowd

* Cơm Tấm Alley 390 CMT8,barbecued pork chop is delicious, Price ~ 16k

* Cơm tấm 557 Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Str, Dist 3, near Ly Thai ToStr,Price 24k

  • In restaurant chains:

* Cơm tấm Thuận Kiều: Suitable price, quality food.

* Cơm tấm Mộc:Have AC, Minus points: Quite expensive and low serve.

* Cơm tấm Cali

Lê Mai Quyên

Member of Specialist Department in BELL club