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Hanoi signature dish: La Vong grilled fish

FRIDAY, 15/05/2020 14:19:37

Might not be the oldest dish of Hanoi as it has only been around for over a hundred years, but “Cha Ca La Vong” or “Cha Ca Ha Noi” is definitely the unique among the best known dishes of the capital city.



Ingredients:

- 2kg longbarbel catfish/snakehead

- Rice vermicelli

For marinating the fish:

- 2 large turmeric tubers

- 4 large stalks of lemongrass

- Shrimp paste 

- Sugar

- Fish sauce 

- Fermented rice

- 2 large lesser galangal tubers

- Black pepper

- 7 – 8 shallot bulbs

Vegetables served with the dish:

- Dill

- Scallion

- Roasted peanut

For dipping sauce:

- Shrimp paste

- Chili

- Lime juice

- Rice liquor

- Sugar
 
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Prepare ingredients for marinating the fish:

- Finely chop turmeric tubers, lemongrass stalks, lesser galangal tubers and shallot bulbs

- Grind lemongrass and shallot with some freshwater and squeeze the liquid out

- Stir-fry turmeric with pork fat as natural food color
 
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Prepare fish:

- Debone the fish

- Cut into pieces
 
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Marinate the fish that has been prepared with finely chopped lesser galangal tubers, lemongrass and shallot juice and pork fat which has been used to stir-fry turmeric. Let the fish sit in two hours.
 
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Grilled the fish at 180 Celcius degrees in 10 minutes (grilling with charcoals gives slightly better taste than with an oven).
 
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- Put roasted peanut, dill, scallion, rice vermicelli on different dishes;

- Make dipping sauce by mixing well shrimp paste, chopped chili, lime juice, rice liquor and sugar;

- Prepare a portable stove and a small pan

- Pour pork fat (or vegetable oil) into pan
 
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Let the grilled fish cool off for firmer texture.
 
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The dish is served hot by frying the fish and side vegetables right on dining table.
 
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Yummy hot fish is now ready

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Dip fish and vegetables in shrimp paste sauce and serve with rice vermicelli and peanut

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