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Cháo Vịt – Duck and congee in Saigon, Vietnam

Not all congee (rice porridge) is created equal.

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Some versions are very plain, others are flavored with tiny bits of minced pork và organs, & some with a soft boiled egg – which can all be very good.

But when I was in Vietnam, I ate, what is now, one of my favorite versions of rice congee porridge anywhere… known as cháo vịt in Vietnamese – duck rice congee, và in this case braised duck.

An amazing Vietnamese meal at Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc bên Lá)

Along with Kyle one day in Saigon, we headed lớn a restaurant called Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc công ty Lá).

I have khổng lồ admit that when I heard duck congee porridge, I was thinking of just a simple bowl of thickened rice soup, with some bits of duck within it.

I’m happy khổng lồ say I was totally wrong with my first assumption.

What was served khổng lồ us at our table, with the help of Kyle, was a family sized feast of congee in a communal bowl, a platter of sliced up braised duck, a side plate of duck organs, and a delicious Vietnamese sour và sweet herb & veggie salad lớn wrap it all up.

Vietnamese chao vit, at this restaurant specifically, was not just an ordinary bowl of congee, it was spectacular!

The inside of the big open air restaurantThe Restaurant

Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc công ty Lá) restaurant is located a little bit outside of Saigon, within the horseshoe island wrapped within the river, north of the city.

But it’s really not all that far to lớn get khổng lồ the restaurant, & when we went the traffic was light. A taxi ride there didn’t cost too much và I think it took only about 20 minutes or so khổng lồ get there from central Saigon.

The journey lớn get there was well worth the food.

If you go khổng lồ eat at Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc nhà Lá) there are two similar restaurants located right next to lớn each other that both serve cháo vịt.

We chose this restaurant, which I believe was the one on the left side, because it’s, so we think, the original one.

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Our full meal including braised duck và congee

Instead of getting an individual bowl of rice congee, with a few seasonings lớn spruce it up, what greeted me at the table was an all out brunch duck feast.

As soon as we placed our order, they grabbed a duck that was hanging in the cabinet, sliced it with expertise, và placed it onto a platter.

Vietnamese braised duck

Along with the duck we also ordered a big bowl of congee rice porridge.

I guess I was so excited about the duck và colorful salad, that I failed khổng lồ really take a solo shot of the congee – but you can see it at the top of this photo.

The congee itself was really good as well.

It was thinner than other congee versions that I’ve had in places like china or Thailand.

It was more soupy, with a wonderful meaty flavor undertone, và seasoned nicely with a handful of green onions và black pepper on top.

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I loved how the duck included crispy shallots on top

For the duck, the Vietnamese cảm biến that I loved so much was the addition of fried crispy shallots on top, which I hadn’t seen in other Asian countries before.

The duck itself was braised in what tasted like a mixture of soy sauce with sweet hints of star anise and maybe some cinnamon.

I’m not a huge fan of duck skin unless it’s crispy, so for most of my bites, I peeled off the skin & just ate the succulent juicy meat below.

The duck meat without the skin was very lean and flavorsome, và not dry, but quite moist và delicious.

Just look at the juiciness of that duck!

The duck was also served with sauce, that tasted to me lượt thích a sweet fish sauce that was loaded with pureed ginger.

The sauce might have been a little sweet for me usually, but I loved the taste of ginger.

And again, topped with a handful of fried crispy shallots really added an extra salty và oniony dimension to lớn the braised duck – I wish all places added crispy shallots.

Another highlight for me was the side salad

But one of my favorite parts of eating Vietnamese duck congee at Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc bên Lá) was the side salad they served to make our meal complete.

Just like with all noodle dishes in Vietnam you get a side of vegetables, this cháo vịt was served with thinly shaved banana flower, Vietnamese coriander, carrots, daikon, red onions, và finally some crushed peanuts on top.

The salad had a very light dressing, which was slightly sweet và sour.

I enjoyed adding some of the garnishing salad khổng lồ my congee – this was the real Vietnamese fresh touch.

The duck organs were delicious as well

Along with the braised duck, we also got a plate of prized duck organs, và I presume, but I’m not sure, if they were cooked within the braised duck & then removed.

The plate included gizzard, liver, & a couple of duck hearts as well. & again, it was sprinkled with a lovely addition of crispy shallots.

Gizzard has always been one of my favorite bird organs, & usually it has a pretty grizzly texture. This time however, the gizzard was unbelievably soft and tender, almost like the pieces of duck breast itself.

The heart was rich và creamy

The liver was perhaps a little on the dry side, but it was still delicious, và the duck heart was also extremely good – creamy và rich.

The outside of Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc công ty Lá), a place you might want to kiểm tra out!

If you have a few minutes, here’s the full clip of the meal:

(If you can’t see the video, watch it here on YouTube)


When I was eating my way through Vietnam, one of the many delicious meals I got to lớn eat was Vietnamese style braised duck and congee rice porridge at a restaurant called Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc bên Lá).

The duck was extremely succulent và lean, with a salty taste from being braised in a mixture of soy sauce & Chinese spices. The congee was light và fluffy, enhanced with meat stock, and served with a sour và slightly sweet Vietnamese salad on the side.

The duck congee porridge at Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa in Saigon was incredibly delicious, and I think it’s well worth a pilgrimage if you love khổng lồ eat.

Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc đơn vị Lá)

Address: 118 Bình Quới, phường 27, Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố – The restaurant is located located within the horseshoe shaped island in the river north of Saigon, VietnamOpen hours: 7 am – 11 pm dailyPrice: Our total bill for three of us came to 283,000 VND (about $13), but we had a lot of food và the three of us came out of the restaurant pretty full và happy. I’d say it was a pretty decent price for the amount of food we ate.

How lớn get there: khổng lồ get there we hopped in a taxi and went directly there. I can’t remember how much the xe taxi cost, but it was affordable, I think less than our meal, và well worth the trip out there.

For the map, scroll down until you see Cháo Vịt Thanh Đa (Gốc công ty Lá), click on it, & it will highlight the location:

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