[Penang] Vietnamese chicken rice at Com Ga Mi Mi House

Com Ga Mi Mi House is the second venture by husband-and-wife team, Penang-born Michael Tan, and Hue-born Laurent Nguyen, who opened their first restaurant, Saigon House Cuisine, back in 2017.

Com Ga Mi Mi House, located just two doors away, specializes in the relatively lesser-known Vietnamese-style chicken rice, plus a few others dishes in its tight, compact menu.

Our dinner yesterday evening consisted of:

  1. The house special Cơm gà nướng - chicken rice, served with grilled chicken and chicken livers & an embryonic egg. My first time having Vietnamese-style chicken rice, and it was good - fragrant rice cooked with a subtly spiced chicken broth, with notes of turmeric and black pepper. The marinated, grilled chicken was toothsome and absolutely delish.

Each order of the chicken rice comes with a pot of Vietnamese Jasmine tea.

  1. 𝗖𝗵𝗮 𝗚𝗶𝗼 𝗥𝗲 - freshly deep-fried Vietnamese spring rolls with minced chicken and taro filling. This was the best version of the dish I’d had in recent times.

  2. 𝗠𝗶 𝗤𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗴 - flat rice noodles with chicken, shrimps, sesame-studded rice crisps and quail’s eggs. There is a popular saying in Đà Nẵng, “Don’t marry a Đà Nẵng girl if you don’t like to eat Mì Quảng, and you are not a true Đà Nẵng girl if you can’t cook Mì Quảng”. The noodle dish (pronounced “Me Wang”) is a Central Vietnam specialty.

Mì Quảng comprised of thick, rice noodles in a hearty chicken broth, flavoured with turmeric, garlic, black pepper and shallots, plus fish sauce.

  1. 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗵 𝗫𝗲𝗼 - crispy Vietnamese crepe with shrimp and vegetable filling. Very good version here, too.

  2. 𝗠𝗲𝘁 𝗫𝗼𝗶 𝗚𝗮 - a very Instagrammable platter of colorful glutinous rice balls with roasted and poached chicken, garnished with fresh vegetable salad, and pickles. Looks great, and tastes pretty good, too. The combination of aromatic, freshly-grilled chicken with sticky rice reminds me of the food we get in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

  3. Dessert: A bowl of assorted mango-flavored jelly, custard and boba balls. It’s a new item to be introduced into their regular menu, so we were lucky to have a sneak preview of it. Not quite sweet enough for me, though.

Very enjoyable meal - definitely a great new addition to George Town’s list of good Vietnamese eateries.

Co-owners, Micheal Tan and his wife, Laurent Nguyen.

Com Ga Mi Mi House, Bahari Parade
81, Jalan Sri Bahari, 10050 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Tel: +6016-556 2301
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm daily