Com Tam or broken rice is rice which has been broken into small pieces (2 or 3 pieces).
Like “Pho” which is believed came from the North, broken rice is considered one of the most traditional foods in the South of Vietnam, people eat it anytime: in the morning, afternoon or even at night and anywhere: from a pavement food shop to a luxury restaurant.
The main ingredient of this dish is a very cheap kind of rice – broken rice, going with grilled pork, pork skin, egg and fish sauce, it touches all your senses.
Almost com tam shops in Ho Chi Minh city have been operating for around 20 years. Friendly, informal, local, bright, fresh, crisp, colourful, cheap and delicious; the food and people here make me very happy indeed. Known as binh dan, this kind of dining atmosphere is one of the greatest joys of living and eating in Vietnam.
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