Crack, sizzle, pop – a unique way to cook your rice

Com Nieu

Com Nieu (back) and fish with black bean and peppers (front)

It’s amazing how convenient it is to find anything and everything you want in one central place – the internet! Last night’s dinner was something special, even for my extended family who are locals here in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Rice, a staple in most Asian countries, and a favourite for many, is commonly cooked in a rice cooker, in a pot over a stoptop, or in a pressure cooker. Not at this restaurant!

Com Nieu Sai Gon has a special way to cook rice – so unique, they even named their restaurant after their signature dish! Com (Vietnamese for rice) and Nieu (Vietnamese for clay pot). Have you guessed it yet? Yes! They cook their rice in clay pots. This is a traditional way of cooking. The rice was so delicious.

Com Dap

Com Dap

Another favourite at Com Nieu Saigon is a number called Com Dap (smashed rice) also cooked in clay pots. You’ve probably guessed it… They smash the rice! The rice is cooked in an enclosed clay pot case. The staff demonstrate their skills by smashing the pot then throwing its contents to a fellow staff member, adding entertainment to our experience!

Set in the heart of Saigon, with beautiful ambience and live music, Com Nieu Saigon is a must-try if you ever visit this city!

Here’s a clip of renowned foodie, Anthony Bourdain, introducing the amazing Com Nieu Sai Gon Restaurant.



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