Vietnamese Broken Rice – Com Tam Recipe

By | April 6, 2022

Com Tam is one of the typical dishes of Ho Chi Minh City. If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese broken rice, I think you’re at the right place.

1. Vietnamese Broken Rice Recipe


  • 2 cups of broken rice
  • 2 kg ribs
  • 30 gr lemongrass (about 2 lemongrass plants)
  • 7 chili peppers
  • 7 pieces garlic
  • 4 green onions
  • 1 large piece of shallots
  • 1 Cucumber/tomato
  • 7 tbsp soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons fresh milk
  • 1 teaspoon of five flavors
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Honey, Vinegar, Cooking oil
  • Common seasoning 1 little (salt / monosodium glutamate / sugar)


Step 1: Prepare ingredients

When you buy the ribs, you wash them with water. Then you put the ribs in the pot with 2 tablespoons of vinegar 2 tablespoons of salt, then pour water over the meat and soak for 20-30 minutes. Wash it out after soaking the meat, wash it with clean water, and drain.

Broken rice you bring to wash and soak for 20 minutes. Then remove the water that has soaked the rice and add a new amount of water to cook. Note before putting in the rice cooker to cook, add about ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of cooking oil. Finally, plug in the power and press the button to switch the rice cooker to cooking mode

Peeled garlic and shallot. Then bring lemongrass, chili, garlic, onions, and scallions to wash and dry.

Step 2: Marinate ribs & Grill ribs

Detailed instructions about preparing grilled ribs, can read it at here: Vietnamese Pork Chops Recipe With Lemongrass

Step 4: Make scallion oil & dipping sauce

After being washed, cut the green onions into small pieces and put them in a clean bowl with a bit of salt. Next, you put 2 tablespoons of cooking oil in the pan, then boil the oil and put green onions in immediately. Finally, you mix the scallions while the oil is still hot, and you’ve finished the scallion oil!

To make the Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe, you can read it here

Step 5: Enjoy the broken rice plate

You put the rice on a plate with cucumber, sliced ​​tomatoes, pickles, steamed broccoli, and ribs. Then, add a little bit of scallion oil and the dipping sauce. Serve

com tam recipe

Hopefully, the com tam recipe that we have just shared above will help you have a more delicious Vietnamese dish to enjoy on the weekends

Category: Vietnamese Recipes


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