Ms Host asked ‘have you tried broken rice ?’ I shook my head and start to wonder what is broken rice but my train of thought was interrupted by my fellow traveler who asked ‘ have you ever been in a lift with a sofa ?’. Again, I shook my head. Apparently, this can be found at The Royal Club in Renaissance Hotel Ho Chi Minh, it’s a 3 seater sofa, the lift also has curtains and decorated to be like a room. If those of you reading this can confirm it , please let me know . Call me a katak under the tempurung, but I have never seen sofas in a lift before.
Anyway, back to broken rice..
Cơm Tấm Mộc looks like a regular ( more up market) fast food place, good lighting, staff in uniforms, wooden chairs and tables, magazines on the racks etc
And then, I found out what is broken rice, it’s broken rice lorr..i.e what we would consider to be lower grade rice when compared to the ‘regular’ full grain rice . Explanation from their official website : http://www.comtammoc.com/ Broken rice is the rice which is broken into 2 or 3 pieces. Broken rice – Cơm Tấm is considered as one of the most traditional food from the South of Viet Nam, together with Phở from the North. You can read more about the restaurant, plus the menu and other info at the website.
Ms Host decided that everyone should have a basic set meal : which consist of broken rice with pork BBQ, pork skin, minced pork pie
The square whitish thingy was of course the rice, dun feel any different eating this compared to regular ‘unbroken’ rice ( not that I noticed, that is) , pork BBQ was rather good, tender, succulent and well marinated. Tasty ! Pork skin were shredded to very fine ‘strings’, looked a bit like rubberband and luckily didn’t taste like rubberband ( not that I have tasted rubberbands before), not much of taste to this actually but it does have a nice texture to chew on. Minced pork pie ( the diamond shaped thingy) was a bit like steamed minced pork, but maybe the meat packed more loosely , the texture was soft-ish, taste was mild.
You get a bowl of vegetable soup with the set meal. Choy- sum soup, very refreshingly green and choy sum-ish.i think there were also some kangkong in the soup.
We ordered a braised pork set as well – you get a hard boiled egg plus meaty fatty pork. I find the serving a bit small though . The braised pork was tasty and very tender . The gravy went very well with rice.Yumm
We also had the fish in claypot set , the gravy was thicker and sweet-ish compared to the braised pork gravy. Fish was meaty and tasted pretty ok.
We hadn’t been eating much greens lately, so Ms Host ordered a plate of vegetables, turned out to be a mix vege platter, including : choy sum, cabbage, carrots, sweet pea, petola, baby corns. These were blanched in hot water and served, pretty basic but was a good choice as all the other dishes had strong flavours
I am not sure what time they open for business but i know that they close at 9pm
So now I know what broken rice is but I still hadn’t been in a lift with a sofa … so how huh ?