The Vietnamese word com means “cooked rice” while tam connotes “broken rice.” Thus, the popular dish com tam is made of cooked fragments of grains, mixed with meat, seafood and sauces. Bi, meaning thin pork slices mixed with cooked shredded pork skin, is mixed into com tam. Grilled pork and prawns are usually served with this dish, too.
Pickled vegetables, as well as other greens and baked egg are also components of this combination. A paste made of prawn complements this rice plate, as well nuoc cham, which refers to several kinds of Vietnamese dipping sauces that are usually made of lemon juice, fish sauce and sugar.