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In Vietnam, Com Tam (literally translated "half-grain rice") is a versatile dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If eaten for lunch or dinner, full-grain rice is used instead. A common side to eat with Com Tam, and my favorite choice when ordering this dish, is egg meatloaf. Done right, it has a soft, spongy texture that melts in your mouth. This meatloaf is also very healthy because it is steamed and can contain many kinds of vegetable.
- For greener eaters, finely diced carrots can be combined into the mixture.
- Try combining the prepared fish sauce mixture with pickled carrots and radishes found in jars in Asian stores. The pickle juice is a nice combination to the fish sauce, along with the vegetables themselves.
- For a low fat diet, omit the green onion and oil. The green can instead be combined into the meatloaf, provided they are chopped very finely.
- The best way to eat this dish is to drizzle the rice with the fish sauce mixture but keep it from getting too soggy. Save some of the sauce for dipping the meatloaf in.
- This recipe uses and produces a massive amount of food, and it is mean to be used by restaurants for morning breakfast opening time. You can cut down the ingredients accordingly.
Bean Vermicelli: This is often found in Asian food stores. they are small hard string noodle made from bean powder, do not to be confused with the rice counterpart.
Black Fungi: This can be found in Chinese or Vietnamese stores, they only come dried in packages. Also known as cloud ear fungus because they resemble ears protruding from tree trunks.
Half-Grained Rice: This can be substituted with medium grained rice, as long as the grains seem half of a normal jasmine grain