An Ode to Chef Nguyen’s Legendary Chicken Rice

Rice is a very serious matter in Vietnam. Sweet or savoury, steamed or fried, you do not mess with the staple of local cuisine. Hidden somewhere within District 3’s charming Ban Co Market, Chef Nguyen’s legendary cơm gà xối mỡ, or fried rice with fried chicken, is no joke.

The chef, Nguyen Bep, as he likes to be called, is a friendly guy who speaks some English and has been cooking for over 31 years. Every day from 9am to 10pm, his kitchen is crowded with blackened woks full of fried rice and noodles. In addition to one of the best cơm gà xối mỡ in the city, the chef also does a mean cơm xào bò, or rice with stir fried beef.

Let’s start on the đặc biệt side of the ring. Chef Nguyen’s fried chicken is served with cơm vàng, or yellow rice, and Vietnamese kimchi.

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