Dinner at Chả cá Thăng Long

Dinner at Chả cá Thăng Long

at Chả Cá Thăng Long on 21 March 2019
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Can't leave Hanoi without eating the iconic local specialty Chả Cá, which is a Vietnamese-style fish served with turmeric & dill. There's even a street named after the dish to honor this unique delicacy. There are a couple of institutional spots to have this dish (including Chả Cá Thăng Long), and you know you're at the right place when impostors dress up like the waiters inside and try to convince you to go across the street.
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To prepare Chả Cá, the fish bones are removed. It's then seasoned, covered in banana leaves and grilled over coal. An oven is needed when serving to keep Chả Cá hot. Finally, it's fried table-side and served with roasted peanuts, rice noodles, spice vegetables (dill, spring onion, coriander, mint) and fish sauce. Delicious!
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“The Hanoian has a saying that someone has to try this fish once in a life before leaving the world.”
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Chả Cá Thăng Long, Hanoi (Dec 2017)
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