Our first lunch in rustic Saigon was pretty memorable. We were famished and thought of getting our lunch at Ben Thanh market since it is nearby our hotel. So, we were walking along Lê Thánh Tôn street towards the market when we stumbled upon this small cafe/restaurant called Cơm Tấm Cali and immediately, we were sold.
The ever friendly staffs ushered us in and we duly got our seats. As we noticed, the staffs spoke very little English but luckily there is English translation in the menu so we were not completely lost. Also, the apparently signature dishes also plastered on both side of the walls, making our decision-making process even more simple.
Bún Chả Cá Nước
The first thing served on the table was this Bún Chả Cá Nước, or literally translates to noodles soup with fish paste. It was served with a side dish that consists of various green leaves. It tasted just like any regular noodle soup with a hint of fish sauce.
Pumpkin soup was up next. In fact, we ordered this because of the cute looking pumpkin.
By far, this claypot thingy was the best dish served on that day. It was actually broken rice with combination of flavors served in a claypot. Pork is definitely one of the essential ingredients, together with chinese sausages, shredded pork, pork skin, eggs and some other unidentified ingredients. It was full of flavor and we definitely liked it very much.
We wouldn’t give this spring roll a miss. It’s essentially Vietnam’s best export to the world. Definitely must order.
Another local specialty, grilled lemongrass pork which we also loved very much.
Cơm Tấm Cali is local brand franchise and they currently have six outlets spread across the city. The one that we visited is just nearby Ben Thanh market. If you are nearby, why not give it a try. 😀
Cơm Tấm Cali
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