• Com ga Hoi An, chicken rice: a new geotourism experience
  • Com ga Hoi An, chicken rice: a new geotourism experience

  • on Jan 29, 2021       By: BN
  • Rice is the essential daily food in Vietnamese life. Each region has its own way of preperation corresponding to their own local cultural characteristics. Hoi An chicken rice, com ga in Vietnamese, is a famous culinary speciality from Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam.

    A little history

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    Hoi An is known not only as a dream destination, but also as a great place to experience almost all of the best specialities in central Vietnam.

    com ga Hoi An taste

    Chicken rice is a dish that appeared in the 50s of the last century (around 1950) in Hoi An. The Tam Ky region, Quang Nam is indeed known for its delicious chicken, an ingredient of prime importance for the quality of this dish. The inhabitants with their creativity have created a typical dish of this city.

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    Previously, chicken rice was peddled on every corner of Hoi An. Until now, many restaurants are open to serve tourists and this dish has become a certified geographical experience while traveling to Hoi An.

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    Attractive table on the plate

    With a plate of com ga on the table, the first thing to catch everyone's eye is the golden colour of the chicken standing out against the rice.

    com ga Hoi An plate

    The light yellow of the rice and the shredded chicken, the green of the leaves of the fragrant herbs, the red and white of the salad, all come together to make a colourful picture on the plate.

    com ga Hoi An speciality

    The chicken used for this speciality is medium in size to ensure top quality. Her skin is therefore thin and tender. After being boiled and shredded, the chicken is tossed with minced onion, vegetable leaves, and a little salt and pepper.

    com ga Hoi An ingredients

    For a light yellow and fragrant rice, you should first roast the rice grains with vegetable oil before cooking it with chicken broth and a little turmeric. Regarding the salad, the carrot and the green papaya are finely mixed with vinegar, sugar and salt, giving it a sweet and sour taste.

    com ga Hoi An salad

    Preparing this speciality at home is not difficult. We can try it with the recipe for 2 people:


    . 2 chicken thighs or half a chicken.

    . 2 cups of rice

    . 1 large onion + 1 carrot + a piece of green papaya

    . Vietnamese coriander leaves

    . 1 tablespoon of turmeric

    . 1/2 teaspoon of pepper (optional) and 1 teaspoon of salt

    . 1/2 tablespoon of vinegar or 1/2 lemon


    com ga hoi an preparation

    - Cook the chicken with the salt in a saucepan filled with water over medium heat. Let the thighs cool and peel them by hand.

    - Roast the rice grains with oil before cooking the rice in another pan, mix the chicken broth well with the turmeric powder.

    - For the salad: Cut the onion, green papaya and carrot into small pieces and soak them in water with ice cubes for 10 minutes. Add sugar, vinegar, lemon and the leaves of Vietnamese coriander. Mix them all.

    - Place the rice, chicken and salad on a plate and enjoy.

    com ga Hoi An enjoy

    The 5 addresses for com ga during your visit to Hoi An:
    1. Ba Buoi Chicken Rice
    • Address: 22 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam
    • Price: From 35,000 to 50,000 VND, around 1.5-2 USD
    • Opening hours: 11 am to 7 pm
    2. Ba Ty Chicken Rice
    • Address: 25-27 Phan Chau Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam
    • Price: From 35,000 to 50,000 VND, around 1.5-2 USD
    3. Ba Huong Chicken Rice (Kiet Sica)
    • Address: 48 Le Loi, Hoi An, Quang Nam
    • Price: From 35,000 to 50,000 VND, around 1.5-2 USD
    4. Ba Nga Chicken Rice
    • Address: 8 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoi An, Quang Nam
    • Price: The price of a plate is around 45,000 to 50,000 VND, the chicken thigh will be a little more expensive, priced at around 70,000 VND, around 3 USD.
    • Opening hours: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    5. Thuan Chicken Rice
    Address: 17/4 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An, Quang Nam
    Price: 25,000 - 45,000 VND, around 1.1-1.5 USD

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