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[Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam] Saigon Breakfast 1: Cơm tấm (broken rice with meats)

klyeoh | Jun 24, 201507:18 PM

Cơm tấm is one of the quintessential must-not-miss Saigon breakfasts. Essentially a breakfast plate widely available from food kiosks along the sidewalks and streets. The one I had this morning was from a kiosk along Điện Biên Phủ, near the intersection with Hai Ba Trung in District 3.

My Cơm tấm plate consisted of:

- Chả trứng hấp, a steamed egg meatloaf with minced pork, glass noodles, black wood-ear fungus, eggs, flavoured with fish sauce.

- Xíu mại, a delicious minced pork-ball in a tomatoey sauce.

The vendor spooned over pork lard with chopped green scallions, some ground red chillis, and served the whole thing with a little saucer of nước mắm pha, a dipping sauce with fish sauce and vegetable pickles.

The rice was moist and fragrant - better than any I'd had in a while. Fab meal - this is one of the reasons I always skip hotel breakfasts when I'm in Saigon - the street eats are infinitely better.

Cơm tấm for breakfast

Cơm tấm food kiosk along Điện Biên Phủ

Breakfast this morning

My cơm tấm breakfast plate consisted of:

- Chả trứng hấp (a steamed egg meatloaf with minced pork, glass noodles, black wood-ear fungus, eggs, flavoured with fish sauce)

- Xíu mại (minced pork-ball in a tomato-ey sauce)

The vendor spooned over some lard with chopped green scallions over the rice, and some pounded red chillies.

Nước mắm pha

Nước mắm pha is a dipping sauce with fish sauce and vegetable pickles.

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