What is it?
Vietnamese Turmeric Fish With Fennel (Chả Cá Lã Vọng) is a famous dish in Hanoi. This ancient treat is a speciality from one of the 36 streets in the Old Quarter. Some small pieces of fish fillet marinated in turmeric and galangal, fried and served with generous topping of fennel on a sizzling hot pan is what you can imagine of this dish. The rich flavour of the fish goes so well with the fresh taste rice vermicelli and the special shrimp paste dip.
How do you make it?
For this dish, you need to prepare quite a list of spices. Combine some olive oil, a half spoon of turmeric powder, a fourth spoon of galangal powder, minced garlic, shallots, salt, sugar, and fish sauce in large bowl and mix well. Then cut the fish fillet into smaller cube around 3 cm and gently mix, allow the fish to marinade in the fridge for about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the shrimp paste dip. Start with the lime, sugar, and some water making a kind of lemonade, then slowly add the shrimp paste, mix well and taste the balance. The fishy smell of shrimp paste is much stronger than fish sauce so if you are more used to fish sauce, go with it; but still, the shrimp paste is the best way to enjoy the dish. Also, clean a fair amount of green onions and fennel, cut them into pieces of around 4 cm; and don’t forget to roast some peanuts too.
For serving, use a large non-stick iron skillet, sauté some green onions with a bit of oil under medium low heat, then add the fish fillets in to cook them until slight brown, don’t flip the fish to much or they will be crushed. Turn low the heat; place the green onions and fennel on top. Present the whole skillet, a plate of rice vermicelli, a bowl of roasted peanuts and the shrimp paste; your “banquet” is done.
To eat the dish in a right method, gentle stir the green onions and fennel until cooked; take some vermicelli in your bowl, place some fish and, green onions, fennel and roasted peanuts on top, at last, pour some oil in the skillet and shrimp paste. Now, enjoy it!
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