May 10, 2008
253 Khanh Hoi Street
District 4, Ho Chi Minh City
Canh Khoai Mo
Bo Xao Bong He
Com Tam Bi Cha
I’ve written about the ins and outs of com tam on countless occasions here on gas•tron•o•my, so to keep things fresh, I’ll stick to the new stuff.
Cơm Tấm Dì Năm is an eatery specializing in com tam in District 4. It’s open from 4 AM to 10 PM everyday. The Astronomer and I dropped in a couple of Saturdays ago for lunch because after ten months of saying to myself, “I’ve got to try that place out,” timing was finally on our side. Or something like that…
I went for the com tam bi cha because it’s one of my all-time favorites. This version did not disappoint, well, except for the unavailability of op la (fried sunny-side up egg), but I got over that pretty quickly because everything else was solid.
The Astronomer was in a beefy mood and ordered beef sauteed with chive flowers. The ratio of meat to greens was skewed toward the blossoms, but Astro-man just pushed the extras aside and did what he does best.
And speaking of chives, wanna here a funny story?
Of course you do!
Back in San Diego, chives grow in front of the Nordstrom Rack at Mission Valley mall. Whenever my mom and I go shopping, she always handpicks the chives and brings them home to make hu tieu xao. Ghetto, right? I’m always so embarrassed by her deviant actions, but I have no shame eating the delicious end product.
Okay, back to Cơm Tấm Dì Năm!
After I finished my com tam, I ordered a bowl of canh khoai mo. I’ve encountered khoai mo at the markets, but never in a restaurant. The lavender soup was mild (in a good way) and had little bits of yam. Definitely very soothing and hearty. Must try again.