Com Ga – Vietnamese Rooster Rice

While touring by way of Vietnam a number of years in the past, we spent a day within the stunning metropolis of Hoi An. Well-known for silk manufacturing and Lunar celebrations alike, it’s also house to one of many nation’s most iconic dishes … hen rice, or Cơm Gà Hội An.

Make this scrumptious, conventional dish at house with the next easy recipe.

Com Ga – Vietnamese Rooster Rice


2 hrs cook dinner (principally unattended)
20 minutes prep (throughout cooking)
15 minutes dish meeting on the finish




four servings, plus leftovers for future meals

Wine match

Contemporary white Burgundy


Giant inventory pot (minimal eight litres capability)
Fats separator or ladle
Chopping board
Giant saucepan
Wok (elective)
Sharp knives
Meat/Poultry lifters (elective)
Kitchen towel


Conventional Cơm Gà Hội An is made chickens known as Ga Ta. To cite a buddy who lives in Vietnam:

“Rooster is the core of this dish and Vietnamese hen utilized in Cơm Gà Hội An is named Ga Ta. This implies the hen are fed naturally, not industrialised, let the hen reside life in a pure setting.” – Them Pham

They’ve a particular, wealthy style and a yellow color within the pores and skin which is imparted to the rice. One of these hen is offered from supermarkets as corn-fed free vary chickens.

Inventory and Rooster

2kg complete hen
6 litres water
1 massive onion, unpeeled
four spring onions
Giant piece of ginger, unpeeled
1 tbsp fish oil
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sugar

Assembling the Dish

Inventory and lower/shredded hen items
three spring onions
400g jasmine rice
15g ginger
four garlic cloves
1 tbsp groundnut oil
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
1 tsp diced lemongrass

Condiments for Serving

Contemporary basil and coriander (cilantro)
Pickled carrot and daikon
Dipping fish sauce (nước mắm chấm)
Free-range corn-fed chicken with slightly yellow skin


The preparation of this dish is similar to Pho Ga (Vietnamese Rooster Noodle Soup), so for those who’ve made that already, this needs to be simple to choose up.

Making the Inventory and Cooking the Rooster

Microwave unpeeled ginger, onion and spring onion for 90 seconds. Allow them to cool, then peel and quarter onion. Slice ginger into massive chunks.
Wash and clear hen below a heat operating faucet.
Add water, fish oil, sugar and salt to inventory pot. Stir gently, then add washed complete hen, spring onion, onion and ginger to inventory pot. Carry to boil then cowl and scale back to a really low warmth to simmer.
Take away scum from inventory floor utilizing a ladle or a fats separator. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Repeat above step 2 extra instances, then take off the warmth and carry out a ultimate scum removing. Take away and carve/shred the hen, then set it apart and hold it heat till ultimate meeting. Take away and discard any remaining solids from inventory.

Assembling the Dish

Wash the rice totally and drain it. Add the rice and 1 litre of inventory to a recent pan. Carry to the boil, then scale back to simmer for two minutes. Take away from the warmth, cowl then pan with kitchen towel and huge plate. Go away for eight minutes, then drain off any extra liquid.
In the meantime, lower the spring onion stalk into skinny white strips, lower the inexperienced stem into small chunks. Crush the garlic cloves, finely chop ginger.
Warmth the groundnut oil in a wok. Add the lemongrass, garlic, ginger and white spring onion stalks. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes till the components are browned.
Add the toasted sesame seed oil after which rice to the wok, stir fry for additional 2 minutes.
Serve the rice and hen with garnish of coriander and chopped spring onion stalks.
Assembled dish complete with condiments and dipping sauce

Hints, Ideas and Photos

See the hints, suggestions and footage part of the Pho Ga recipe for some normal pointers.
Spring onions are simpler to deal with when making the inventory if they’re tied into knots.
The dipping fish sauce (nước mắm chấm) is offered from some Asian supermarkets. It has a really robust, pungent and distinctive style for those who’re not used to it.
For future meals, some hen items may be re-heated by boiling for a few minutes in left-over inventory. The rice is ready in the identical manner.
Com Ga Hoi An served for breakfast with leftovers

If corn-fed free vary chickens usually are not out there, the yellow color may be achieved by including 2 tsp of turmeric to the inventory because it cooks.
Among the jasmine rice may be substituted for sticky rice so as to add some texture.