Vietnamese Broken Rice, known as “Com Tam,” is a popular dish in Vietnam. It is made using broken rice grains, which are shorter and chunkier compared to regular rice. If you’re looking for authentic Vietnamese broken rice recipe, I think you’re at the right place.

1. How To Make Vietnamese Broken Rice


For the Broken Rice

  • 1 cup broken rice
  • 2 cups water

For the Grilled Pork

  • 1 lb pork shoulder or pork chops, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey or brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

For the Pickled Vegetables (Do Chua)

  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup julienned daikon radish
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Garnish

  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs like cilantro and mint
  • Fried shallots (optional)
  • Scallions, thinly sliced


Step 1: Prepare the Broken Rice

Rinse the broken rice thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear.

In a saucepan, combine the rinsed broken rice with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid, and let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed.

Step 2: Marinate & Grill The Pork Chops

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

Step 3: Prepare Pickled Vegetables (Do Chua)

In a bowl, combine warm water, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved.

Add the julienned carrots and daikon radish to the vinegar mixture, ensuring they are submerged. Let the vegetables sit in the pickling liquid for at least 30 minutes before using. They can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Step 4: Assemble The Dish

Arrange a portion of the cooked broken rice on a plate. Next, top the rice with the grilled pork slices, pickled vegetables, sliced cucumber, sliced tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Then garnish with fried shallots (if using) and thinly sliced scallions. Finally, sprinkle Vietnamese dipping sauce on top and enjoy.

com tam recipe

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

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