|Beaten rice is cooked in a clay pot|
Broken rice, or com tam, is cooked in a clay pot and is a traditional favorite in southern Vietnam. In many restaurants, the preparation of the dish is also part of the entertainment. Once ready, a cook will break the clay pot with a hammer, revealing the disk-like rice cake which they will then hurl to a server across the room who skilfully catches it on a plate ready to serve.
The rice is cut into six to eight pieces, and served with fish sauce, spring onions, and white and black sesame seeds.
|Broken rice is served with fish sauce, spring onion and sesame|
As an accompaniment to broken rice, try a blood cockle salad. The cockles are cleaned, chopped and mixed with coriander, spring onion, Vietnamese mint and spices.
|Raw blood cockle salad|
These two dishes can be found in restaurants along Tu Xuong street, in Ho Chi Minh City's District3. The price for both ranges from VND35,000 to VND100,000.