Com Ga Hoi An (Vietnamese Chicken Rice) is one of the signature dishes of Hoi An, a small ancient town in Central Vietnam. It features shredded chicken tossed with Vietnamese coriander, onions, and lime juice dressing. The chicken salad is then served with turmeric rice cooked directly in chicken stock. So tasty and refreshing!
Hoi An Chicken Rice – the taste of Hoi An
To local Vietnamese, Hoi An Chicken Rice is largely known as Cơm Gà Hội An, the must – try dish of Hoi An street foods.Trips to Hoi An, it is great to stroll around different corners of the ancient town, visit Hoi An countryside and taste Hoi An street foods. Chicken Rice is the pride of Hoi An’s people and what will be a big miss if you travel to Hoi An without tasting this typical specialty !
In fact, you can find Cơm Gà Hội An in other parts of the country such as Ho Chi Minh city, Da Nang or Hanoi capital but the chicken rice in Hoi An is totally different. Hoi An sophisticated food culture & local fresh ingredients have given this dish a rich buttery melt-in -your-mouth taste that can’t find anywhere else.
Hoi An chicken rice ingredients
To make the Best Hoi An Chicken Rice, Hoi An people carefully select the rice of top quality, free-range chicken & fresh organic herbs from Tra Que village. Below are needed ingredients to cook this dish :
- 1 free-range hen of 1.5 kg, which will bring much nicer checken meat flavor than factory-farmed ones
- 2 bowl uncooked ordinary rice
- 1/4 bowl uncooked sticky rice
- 1 crushed fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 3-4 dry onion
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 lime
- 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 2 bunches of lettuce
- 1 white onion, thinly sliced, marinated with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, and 1 teaspoon vinegar.
- Finely chopped Vietnamese mint.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
For coating sauce: 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon fish sauce, and 1 teaspoon lime juice. Mix these three ingredients together, add in 1/8 cup water and chili if desired.
The recipe of how to cook Cơm Gà Hội An
1. How to boil the chicken & get torn chicken meat.
We wash the chicken thoroughly with water, salt & lime to erase the smell, then put the chicken into the pot, covered by fresh water, together we add some dry onion, tumeric & crushed fresh ginger on.
We cook until boiling them simmering in 15 minutes and stop while keeping the chicken socked in the broth about 20 minutes more to make sure it cooked with wonderful sweet meat.
After that, we take the chicken out and cool it on a rack, then we tear the boiled chicken into thin slices & mix them with the marinated onions & Vietnamese mint.
2. How to cook yellow rice
After washing the rice, we mix the ordinary rice and sticky rice together, and put them in the boiling chicken broth so that the level of water is about 1cm above the level of the rice. Then we add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Please remember to lower heat and simmer the rice until cooked. The standard cooked rice should have a glossy yellow color.
3. Decoration & enjoying the dish
Finally, we will arrange rice on a large dish, which we put on the top with chicken and tomato slices. Plus, we add lettuce and pour the coating sauce over the chicken rice as you wish.The dish is ready for your yummy….!
Recommended restaurants to taste Hoi An chicken rice
Travelling along the streets of Hoi An, you can find a number of restaurants serving Hoi An Chicken Rice. But for your best taste of this dish, Golden Holiday Travel would love to recommend you these 5 best Com Ga Hoi An restaurants highly rated by locals & international travellers. The cost is reasonable ranging from 2 – 3 dollars/ a set depending on the restaurants.
1. Cơm Gà Bà Nga in 8 Phan Chau Trinh street, Hoi An city.
2. Cơm Gà Bà Buội in 22 Phan Chau Trinh street, Hoi An city
3. Cơm Gà Hương in 56 Le Loi street, Hoi An city
4. Com Gà Bà Thuận – 27/4 Hai Ba Trung street, Hoi An city
5. Com Gã Xí Hội An – 47/2 Tran Hung Dao street, Hoi An city
Hoi An street food tour with Golden Holiday Travel
Hopefully our above share of Chicken Rice Hoi An is helpful for your coming trip to Hoi An, Vietnam. You can enjoy this dish as well as other typical street foods in Hoi An by join in our daily Hoi An street food tours – eating like locals. Surely we will have great time with us !
See you soon in Hoi An