Spare Rib Porridge – A Delicious Food For Breakfast

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Spare rib porridge - The dish is listed first on the list of dishes for breakfast!

Hardly anyone really knows when the tradition of cooking this dish began. It has just been widely known for its usefulness in Vietnamese people’s daily life. If you are sick, a bowl of spare rib porridge would be the sweetest drug. Or if the cold weather sets in, spare rib porridge, with its warmth and scent, would be a wise choice to save you from the coldness. 

And moreover, it is a good choice for children.

Spare Rib Porridge – A Delicious Food For Breakfast
Photo: Ngô Trung
Spare rib porridge is made of two main ingredients: white rice and spare ribs. The ribs are first stewed for one hour. The cook then takes them out, put the rice in the broth and cook until it turns into porridge. 

Next, the ribs are deboned before being put back into the porridge pot. A perfect bowl of spare rib porridge is the combination between the sweetness of the broth, thanks to ribs stewed for hours, and the tenderness of the pork and porridge. Enjoy it, and see if you can feel the same as what I mention above.

Nevertheless, spare rib porridge would not have perfect scent without several seasonings such as pepper and ginger. Spring onion and “quay” are also indispensable ingredients.  Vietnamese people frequently add “quay”, which have been cut into pieces, into spare rib porridge before enjoy the dish. Others might add salted shredded meat or oily hot pepper paste.
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The best rib porridge is at the bottom of the pot because it has a lot of meat and burnt porridge. Sipping a good porridge, you seem to be back the childhood. Sometimes, you are very happy when seeing a big rib meat in your bowl or being given more burnt porridge.

Where to eat?

32 Hang Bo Street. This place is owned by a street vendor who has been selling Chao suon for over 20 years. The place is always crowded, and a lot of people are into this food. (normally in 2 hours after opened)

– Time: 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM

– Price: 10,000 – 20,000 Dong

In addition, you can enjoying this dish in the afternoon is Ngõ Huyện Str., which intersects with Lý Quốc Sư Str.. 


- To have a perfect taste, please try one bowl of Chao suon with “ruoc” (dried pork) and “quay” (one kind of bread)

- If you order when the owner is about to cook one more pot of porridge, don’t hesitate to ask for some last spoon of the former pot. Trust me, that’s the best part of this food.

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