SAIGON LOCAL FOOD : WHAT AND WHERE DO THE LOCAL EAT GREAT FOOD?
Saigon Local Food : What and where do the local eat great food?
Cơm tấm – Broken rice
Com tam, literally “broken rice”, started out as a dish served with lowered prices, since the rice did not meet standards for export and was thus available at a reduced price. It is a street food staple in Saigon, found on almost every corner in one form or another. The broken rice is kept to the side, with a glass shelf holding the stars of the lunch show: a panoply of incredible cooked dishes, some braised, some boiled, some stewed, that are meant to be eaten with the rice. Some of the restaurants also give you a banana as dessert.
Com tam is served with fried chicken, pork belly with braised eggs, and fish cooked in pineapple and vegetables. The best one that many foodie in Saigon recommend is Com Tam Cha Cua (broken rice with crab meatball). The restaurant has severed the Saigonese nearly than three decades, thru 2 generations of a family. It cost you around 50.000 VND – 100.000 VND per person for a meal here. The place is small and humid, if you don’t have time as well as don’t like crowded place, take-away is a good choice.
Location: Com Tam Cha Cua
113 Nguyen Phi Khanh street, District 1. (near Tan Dinh Market)