Yummy Vietnamese rice dishes that you should definitely try

Com (cooked from rice) is present at almost all the meals of Vietnamese. With the deftness - creativity in cooking, Vietnamese people has created lots of different rice dishes, with each dish having its own savor.

WHERETO is going to introduce you to famous tasty rice dishes that you should definitely try. It is expected that after tasting these dishes, you will understand more clearly why Vietnamese food can attract a large amout of foreigner tourists. 

1. Com Lam (Bamboo-tube rice), Northwest Region of Vietnam

Com Lam is a typical dish of Northwest Region, now spreading to other regions in the country, being favored by lots of tourists - Photo: Internet

Com Lam is a typical dish of Northwest Region, now spreading to other regions in the country, being favored by lots of tourists - Photo: Internet

Com Lam is a typical rice dish of minorities in Northwest Region of Vietnam.

Com Lam is a type of rice cooked from rice or sticky rice. The way to cook is to put rice or sticky rice into bamboo tube, pouring water into it and then roast the bamboo tube on fire.

To make rice more sweet-smelling, you can add coconut extraction and sesame into the rice.

When eating, you split the burnt bamboo tube outside and enjoy the rice inside.

Com Lam is delicious, sticky and attractive about its savor and smell. Com Lam is eaten with sesame salt (salt mixed with roasted sesame) or peanut salt (salt mixed with roasted peanut)

Where to eat:

Hanoi:

Com Lam Pac Bo Restaurant, 437 Au Co Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh City:

Vuon Pho Restaurant, 1 Phan Dinh Giot, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Tay Nguyen culinary village, 1143 Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City

Price: about 20.000VND/tube of rice (0.91 USD)

2. Com Hen (Baby Clam Rice), Thua Thien Hue Province - Middle of Vietnam

Com Hen is a special cuisine of Hue Vietnam. The main ingredient of Com Hen is mussel - a kind of mollusk living in fresh water and brackish water, its meat is white and rather tough. 

The way to make Com Hen: keep rice cool before whisking, mixing it with mussel meat that was fried with oil and seasoned; mixing sour star fruit, cabbage, roasted peanuts, chilli, shrimp paste (a paste made from a type of small shrimp – living in brackish water or sea water along the seaside)

Where to eat:

Baby Clam Rice restaurant number 2, Truong Dinh Street, Hue City

Price: about 20.000VND - 30.000VND/dish (0.91 USD - 1.37 USD)

3. Chicken Rice, Hoi An City, Quang Nam Province - middle of Vietnam

Those who once visit Hoi An Vietnam probably do not forget the Hoi An Chicken Rice dish - Photo: Internet

Those who once visit Hoi An Vietnam probably do not forget the Hoi An Chicken Rice dish - Photo: Internet

Hoi An ancient town of Quang Nam Province is well-known not only for its ancient houses, but also for yummy dishes; of all them, there is Chicken rice.

There is no overstatement to say that Chicken rice is present in many places in Vietnam, but to enjoy a delicious plate of chicken rice you have to go to Hoi An City, Vietnam.

Chicken rice - a simple and unforgettable dish of people in Hoi An Town. Hoi An chicken rice includes rice made of ordinary rice, boiled chicken which is torn into small pieces - seasoned with spices and onions. Chicken rice is eaten with fresh vegetables, spicy and sour sauce (sauce made ​​with lemon, garlic, chilli)

However, Hoi An chicken rice is known by many people because of its good-smelling and tasty chicken, delicious sauce.

Where to eat:

Ba Buoi chicken rice, 22 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An City, Quang Nam

Price: 30.000VND - 50.000VND/dish (1.37 - 2.29 USD)

4. Com Tam (Broken Rice), Ho Chi Minh City - South of Vietnam

Com Tam is a street food that is rustic and common in Ho Chi Minh City - Photo: Internet

Com Tam is a street food that is rustic and common in Ho Chi Minh City - Photo: Internet

Com Tam is a special food of South Region in Vietnam, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City

In Ho Chi Minh City, broken rice is one of the dishes that are favored by lots of people, you can eat it in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Com Tam is a distinctive food as it is cooked from tiny, broken grains of rice or you can call it broken rice.

A plate of broken rice often consists of grilled meat ribs, fried egg, scallion oil (scallion mixed with cooking oil), beet - carrot which is sliced into thin pieces and soaked with vinegar to make a sour savor.

It is highly recommended that you should eat Com Tam with sweet fish sauce - fish sauce mixed with water and cooked with sugar, adding some sour ingredients from beets and carrots, which make it become highly seasoned and tasty.  

Where to eat:

Com Tam Ba Ghien

84 Dang Van Ngu, Ward 10, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

Price: about 40.000VND - 66.000VND/dish (1.83 - 3.02 USD)

5. Coconut Rice, Ben Tre Province - Western Region of Vietnam

Travelling to Ben Tre Province – Western Region of Vietnam, you should not forget to enjoy rice cooked in coconut - Photo: Internet

Travelling to Ben Tre Province - Western Region of Vietnam, you should not forget to enjoy rice cooked in coconut - Photo: Internet

Ben Tre Province is called homeland of coconut as there are a large number of coconuts growing there.

Locals in Ben Tre have created the unique Coconut rice dish.

The way to make Coconut rice: select a Siamese coconut with moderate maturity, using knife to cut a small piece on top of it to get coconut water. This small piece itself becomes a “lid” - having its function as a lid, used to cover. 

Then, get a handful of quality rice to wash and put them into the coconut, pouring enough coconut water into it and cover tightly.

Coconut rice is cooked by steaming during 2 hours that it will give a strong savor, sweetness and rather fat flavor that you can not resist. 

You can enjoy Coconut rice at many food stores in Ben Tre Province.

Also in Ho Chi Minh City, you can try coconut rice at:

Chilli Hotpot - Grill restaurant

232/105 Vinh Khanh, District 4, Ho Chi Minh City

Price: 69.000VND/average rice portion (3.16 USD)

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