An ideal breakfast : Vietnamese Broken Rice

Post by: Admin - Posted at: November 7, 2018

Com Tam ( Broken Rice ) – is a Vietnamese Recipe made from rice with broken grains of rice left over from the traditional drying and milling process. It looks very similar to normal rice, only the grains are broken into smaller pieces. That is the origin of the name of dish. If “Phở” is favourited in the North, broken rice is considered one of the most traditional foods in the South of Vietnam

Where does it come from?

Son Nam – a famous writer and cultural researcher said broken rice is the popular dish of the working class in the Mekong Delta. When these workers migrated to urban areas, they brought with them the dish and kept changing it
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Vietnamese broken rice
Basically, born as a popular comfort food option among the working class in the south, it’s hard to sell due to its imperfections. The grains were usually ground up for rice flour or animal feed, or eaten by the farmers themselves. However, Saigonese have made an art-form of this rice and use it as a platform for all sorts of combinations, make it easier to eat. Like normal rice, broken rice is boiled or steamed.

How is it served?

It is usually served with a plethora of ingredients placed on top, such as “sườn nướng” (grilled marinated pork chops), plus “bì” (thinly thinly shredded pork skin) , “chả trứng” (a steamed pork and egg quiche), “chả cá” (deep fried fish patty) and “trứng” (fried egg) and grilled prawns over broken rice.
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The rice and meat are served with finely sliced cucumber, tomato and pickled vegetables. You can order broken rice with anything you want such as “tấm bì” ( broken rice with shredded pork skin ). Or ” tấm sườn bì ” ( if you wanna try it with grilled pork and shredded pork skin) ,may include grilled pork and egg while another may have the pork but no egg,… There are many other variations of this Vietnamese dish using different components. However, “com tam suon bi cha” (broken rice with pork chop, pig skin and egg meatloaf) is still the favorite oldtimer.
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A plate is always served with a small sauce. The sauce is the spirit of the dish. The sauce served with the dish is savory thanks to refined sugar, premium fish sauce and sometimes a little bit of pineapple juice, lime and chili can be served.
Com Tam is always served with a small sauce
Com Tam is always served with a small sauce

How much does it cost?

Vietnamese street foods are also really cheap if you buy it from a street vendor. Vietnamese call it “Com Tam binh dan”, it means the broken rice is served with cheap price for workers . A plate can cost from 20,000 VND (about 56p) and may be up to 60,000 VND (£1.50) in a luxury restaurant.
Vietnamese are popular with sharing foods, drinks and stories around the table
Vietnamese are popular with sharing foods, drinks and stories around the table

Where can you get it?

It will be called “Com Tam Sai Gon”, as it is particularly served in southern Vietnam, Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
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Every neighbourhood in Ho Chi Minh has a stall with ‘Com Tam’ sign. It is served any part of the day: morning, noon and night. But Saigonese usually enjoy it in the morning cause it provide full of energy for workers all working day. Tourists can easily identify and find it, since it’s known as popular dish in Ho Chi Minh city. People in Saigon eat Broken Rice as much as the Italian eat pasta or the American eat hamburgers.
vietnamese broken rice - whereis.vn
A dish made from imperfect rice grain but have been elevated into a delicious street food dish by Saigonese. It is a thing just happening in Saigon cusine. Just try it and then you will have a deep longing for it !!!!

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Post by: Admin - Posted at: November 7, 2018

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