Com Tam Ba Ghien
City famous grilled pork chop over rice
What we say:
Hidden in the out-of-the-way reaches of Phu Nhuan district, this hole-in-the-wall street-style joint requires some effort to locate.
The fantastic grilled pork, however, makes the journey well worthwhile. This place doesn't get any style points, nor does it want them. We're talking bare-bones silver tables with plastic stools surrounded by walls covered in a thick dark soot from the continual grilling that goes on here.
The shop is extremely popular in Saigon and sees a constant stream of customers, but prices are dirt cheap -- 35,000 VND for a bowl. Staff have very little time to clean up thanks to the constant flow of diners so you might want to give your table a wipe-down before indulging.
Com Tam Ba Ghien’s name loosely translates to the three addictions you will develop after you visit. The first is the tender, specially marinated, thick cuts of grilled pork that are so tender they're normally eaten with a spoon. The second is a special homemade fish sauce found only here, and the third is probably the shop's distinct broken rice cooked in pandan leaf, although it could also refer to the cheap price. Only three options are possible -- you can add fried egg or pate on top, or enjoy the dish as is.
To get here, head out from downtown like you’re going to the airport on Nguyen Van Troi, take a left onto Tran Quang Dieu, a right onto Le Van Sy and finally a right on Dang Van Ngu. At that point, look for the yellow awning with the shop's name written in big letters, and don't be shy to ask a local if you can't find it.
The shop fills up around 08:00, 12:00 and 18:00, though turnover is generally quick.
Contact detailsPhu Nhuan district
In depth reviewRead a more in depth review of Com Tam Ba Ghien on the Travelfish blog.
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