US envoy tastes Saigon’s damaged rice

US envoy tastes Saigon's broken rice

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper and meals blogger Thuyen Vo attempt damaged rice at a restaurant in HCMC. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi

U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper loved com tam (damaged rice), a preferred Saigonese dish, throughout a working journey to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi final weekend shared a video on its Fb web page, displaying the U.S. ambassador and meals blogger Thuyen Vo attempting the damaged rice dish with grilled pork, bi (shredded pork pores and skin) and cha (Vietnamese meatloaf with steamed pork, egg and different elements inside) at Moc’s Restaurant in District 1.

After attempting the rice and the bi and the cha in his plate, utilizing a pair of chopsticks, Knapper mentioned in Vietnamese: “Rat la ngon!” (“Very scrumptious!”)

He mentioned later in an embassy’s assertion: “It was nice to have actual com tam proper right here in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis with meals blogger Thuyen Vo. She launched me to considered one of her favourite com tam eating places and advised me how they make it. I hope to seek out some good com tam eating places again house in Hanoi too.”

Com tam, often garnished with pickled greens like daikon radish and carrot, is a well-liked breakfast in HCMC and southern provinces.

The damaged rice dish was additionally featured in a Netflix documentary sequence on Asian road meals in 2019.