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Com Tam Suon Nuong - a delicious typical dish of Ho Chi Minh City

January 10, 2022 - 2444 views

What is the origin of Com Tam Suon Nuong and where to eat this delicious dish? This article will help you better understand this dish.

If Hanoi capital is famous for rice vermicelli and beef noodle soup, Ho Chi Minh City is famous for Com Tam Suon Nuong (Broken rice with grilled pork chop). This dish is popular in many regions. Currently, Com Tam Suon Nuong has been presented in all provinces of Vietnam and abroad. But it is still the best in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Join us to learn about this dish!

The origin of Com Tam Suon Nuong:

Com Tam Suon Nuong first appeared in the old regime period in Vietnam. It can be considered as the quintessence of Vietnamese cuisine and American cuisine. Since ancient times, Com Tam has been a popular dish only for poor working-class or students. People try to make use of broken grains (broken rice grains) during milling to cook them into the rice. 

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Com Tam Suon Nuong- typical dish of Southern people

Currently, along with baked rolls and pancakes, Com Tam Suon Nuong is one of the most typical dishes of Saigon.

Ingredients of Com Tam Suon Nuong:


The best way to cook broken rice is to use firewood, clay pot or cast iron pot. This is an ingenious, meticulous job.

Com Tam is made from broken rice. In the past, this type of rice was usually used for feeding chickens or ordinary working classes. But today, broken rice has confirmed its attractiveness so these grains have a higher price.

Fish sauce

This type of fish sauce is prepared separately mainly fish sauce, filtered water and sugar. Sometimes people also add garlic, chili to the fish sauce to enhance the flavor.

Today, Com Tam Suon Nuong is a popular dish, so the dishes with rice are also very diverse including grilled ribs (pork ribs are marinated with sweet and sour spices then grill), rolls (made from eggs, minced meat), omelet, pork skin (sliced ​​pork skin mixed with spices), Chinese sausage and pork meat.

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Grilled ribs are things that make the success of Com Tam Suon Nuong

There are also onion, pork rind, and pickled dishes like radishes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, and papaya.

How to enjoy Com Tam Suon Nuong

This dish is often arranged on a plate. Southerners often use spoons and forks and the North often have a pair of chopsticks for ease of use. Com Tam Suon Nuong tastes best when eaten hot. This dish is also often eaten as breakfast because it will provide a lot of energy for you.

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Top 5 places to enjoy delicious Com Tam Suon Nuong in Saigon

  • Com Tam Mai - 129 Doan Van Bo, District 4 (price: $1.20 - $2,37)
  • 73 Le Van Linh, Ward 13, District 4 (price: $3,01- $3.44)
  • Com Tam Ba Rom - 55 Phan Dinh Phung, Phu Nhuan District (price: $1,51 - $2,37)
  • Com Tam Cot Dua - Floor 1, 10 Nguyen Van Trang, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1 (price: $2.15 - $3.44)
  • Com Tam Ba Cuong- 263 Tran Quang Khai, Tan Dinh Ward, District 1 (price: $1.94 - $3.44)

In early 2012, CNN considered Com Tam Suon Nuong as one of the most attractive popular street foods. This dish is very delicious and nutritious. If you have the opportunity to visit Saigon, try Com Tam Suon Nuong.

Pham Vy

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