ATTRACTIONS NEAR CHA CA THANG LONG

Hanoi, a foodie’s paradise in Asia, is not only famous for its meaty dishes such as the pho noodle soup, tasty bun cha, và flavorful banh mi, but this thousand-years old city is also well-known for fishy dishes, such as phụ thân Ca La Vong – a must-try for street eats và fresh water fish lovers.

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What is cha Ca La Vong?

Cha Ca La Vong, or phụ vương Ca Hanoi, is the term widely used in Vietnam to refer to a dish consisting of boneless grilled snakehead fish or hemibagrus (a type of river catfish), which is then fried table-side in front of diners with tons of fresh dill và spring onion, for eating with rice noodle, cilantro, roasted peanuts, và shrimp paste.

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The origin of the dish traces back lớn the early days of Vietnamese fighting against the colonial French, when Doan family, at 14 Hang Son Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, cooked their fresh catch fishes for patriots who were using their home as a secret meeting place. 

Overtime, diners called the dish “Cha Ca La Vong” (the “La Vong” is the name of a statue at the family’s door step), and the family turned itself khổng lồ a restaurant serving that only dish. Eventually, the Hang Son (Paint Street) was officially renamed to Cha Ca Street in honor of the famous dish.

How phụ vương Ca Hanoi is Served?

To prepare phụ vương Ca La Vong, small chucks of boneless catfish are marinated with turmeric, fermented rice, & galangal, which is then grilled on charcoal fire. These saffron-colored fish chucks, with its natural juices trapped inside, are then served on a sizzling cast-iron skillet for a crispy outer crust.

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Diners will then fry their own grilled fish chucks with tons of dill & spring onion till the herbs had slightly wilted, featuring a whiff of aromatic dill. Put a small amount of rice noodle into the bowl, địa chỉ some herbs (coriander và basil), take some fried dills, spring onions, và one piece of fish lớn the same bowl.

Scoop some shrimp paste over, sprinkle the peanuts and sliced red chilli over, then they are all mix to dig in. The fish are fresh, tender, and it would has a slight muddy taste, but that would be concealed once they pair the fish with lots of dill and spring onions.

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Hanoians are pretty specific in terms of when and where lớn have cha ca, just to make sure the dish would bring out all the necessary flavors. As a true local connoisseur would say, it’s best to lớn eat thân phụ Ca Hanoi on a chilling day with some home-cooked rice liquor, và the best place eat them is the Old Quarter.

Where to lớn Eat cha Ca in Hanoi’s Old Quarter?

As Hanoi’s restaurant scene continues khổng lồ evolve, Cha Ca Hanoi is no longer contained to its namesake street. Modern interpretations of the beloved fish dish can be found at contemporary restaurants around the city. Following are the best places eat this incredible fish dish.

1. Cha Ca La Vong

This is one of the oldest eateries in Hanoi, & the dish was first created here over a century ago. There is nothing fancy in this tiny eatery, except for the fact that it was owned by the Doan family, thus feeling original.

Almost everything here is kept intact for decades, so if you venture to lớn this original place, it’ll be like stepping back in time. However, this family-run restaurant receives quite a lot of negative review about service and quality, especially about how overly greasy their cha ca is.

Cha Ca La Vong14 cha Ca Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi10h00 – 22h00

2. Phụ vương Ca Thang Long

This restaurant is likely the more preparable place for locals, since its space is much larger than the original thân phụ Ca La Vong. The service and quality of the dish are said khổng lồ be much better than most other places serving the same dishes, including the original place.

Cha Ca Thang Long21 – 29 Duong Thanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi10h00 – 22h00

Though Cha Ca La Vong doesn’t appear in any vị trí cao nhất 10 list, don’t miss the chance khổng lồ try it when you’re in Hanoi, and perhaps, you also wish to lớn try some of these 25 Hanoi’s street food. JoinFlavors of Hanoi’s peronal foodie tour guide on our daily walking Hanoi food tour, and explore the best of what the thành phố has to lớn offer. 

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