Chả Cá Thăng Long

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, Vietnam on October 4, 2012 at 00:27

Chả Cá Thăng Long is an infamous Hà Nội dish. It originates from the Chả Cá Lã Vọng restaurant that is more than 100 years old. In the simplest of terms it can be describes as fish that has been marinaded in turmeric. The fish is first grilled and then fried table-side. It’s served with tons of fresh dill, other herbs, crush peanuts, and rice noodles.

Ms H my Vietnamese colleague was insistent that I had to try this else it would have been like as if I never visited Hanoi, how can I resist trying a dish that has survived more than 100 years to become a well-loved cultural icon. The restaurant’s exterior was nothing to shout about being located in an old shop house with surprise surprise … no menus!

Who says you need a menu a mile long to succeed? Just one dish is what this place needed. The fish was simply cooked but it was the complex and yet well balanced flavours that won me over. Will I be back, sure anytime I’m in Hanoi that is!


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