Introduction | Broken Rice (Cơm Tấm) | Pork Stew (Thịt Kho Tàu) | MapWherever you are in Vietnam – from Saigon to Hanoi, from the Mekong Delta to the Red River, from the Central Highlands to the Northwest Mountains – you can always rely on one of two dishes to fill you up: cơm tấm and thịt kho tàu – broken rice and pork stew. These two pork dishes are ubiquitous in Vietnam. Breakfast, lunch or dinner; they’re always available. Forget phở – the famous beef noodle soup – the real national dish of Vietnam is pork and rice.
Ordering is easy – just point it out among the trays of food. Don’t expect it to be hot – these are quick lunches for busy people and everything is pre-cooked. You can find hot pork stew on the menu in most restaurants, but obviously be prepared to pay more.
LocationsNote: Things change quickly in developing Vietnam. The following information is accurate at the time of writing, but some details are bound to be out-of-date by the time you read them. Please let me know of any changes, so I can update my posts.Local lunch eateries are so common that it’s best to ‘feel’ your way to a popular one. But these are a few of my favourites (all locations in Saigon):Map: Quán Cơm 17; 17 Mạc Đĩnh Chi, District 1 – while the smart food chains either side of this local eating house are always empty, by contrast Quán 17 is always pleasantly packed with food and customers, especially during the lunchtime rush.
Map: Quán Cơm Minh Đức; 35 Tôn Thất Tùng, District 1 – a huge eating hall that inexplicably attracts a badly-dressed crowd – their taste in food, however, is spot-on!Map: Nhà Hàng Hoàng Yến; 148 Hai Bà Trưng, District 1 – for those who want to order thịt kho tàu off a menu, this restaurant will suffice – they even have tablecloths and napkins!Back to Thịt Kho Tàu contents | Back to Cơm Tấm contents | Back to Top | MapMAP:
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