Com Da Ca Chua (Vietnamese Tomato Rice)

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Last Updated on December 16, 2020 by Chef Mireille

Com Da Ca Chua

Yesterday, we were in Africa and today we’ve gone to Vietnam’s version with a really intense tomato flavor. Tomato paste is what gives the intensity of flavor in this version. Do not substitute tomato puree or tomato sauce. It is not as intensely flavored as the paste and the result will be much more delicately flavored and not this traditional version.

Com Da Ca Chua

Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 6 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt, to taste (optional)

In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add garlic and fry for 10 seconds. Add eggs and start to scramble them. As soon as they start to firm up, add rice.
Add the remaining tablespoon of oil & 3 tablespoons of the tomato paste. Cook until the rice is well coated with the tomato.
Add fish sauce, the rest of the tomato paste and the sugar.

Cook until the rice is well coated with the tomato paste and heated through.

Com Da Ca Chua

Notes: Use salt sparingly because there is salt content in the fish sauce. If your cooked rice already has salt, you most likely won’t need to add any additional salt, at all.

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About Chef Mireille

Chef Mireille is a NYC based freelance chef instructor and food photographer. Due to her very diverse family background, she was able to travel and learn about global cultures and flavors from a young age. Her passion for culture, cooking, history and education had made her an expert on developing traditional globally inspired recipes & delicious fusion cuisine.
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  1. Pavani N

    That is such a yummy looking tomato rice with just a few ingredients. Will definitely try it out soon. What do you think I can sub fish sauce with — would vegan worcheshire sauce work??

  2. clarb

    Hi, the tomato paste you talk about- is this a recipe or it is just a product you buy? if so can I have the recipe or name of the product? Thanks

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