Chả Cá Thăng Long Đường Thành

I didn’t grow up eating chả cá thăng long. Truth be told, my family genuinely dislikes the dish. There’s something about the unfamiliar & assertive flavor of fresh dill that makes everyone from my mother lớn my aunts và uncles utter the words: không biết ăn, which literally means, “I don’t know how khổng lồ eat,” but in actuality is a polite turn of phrase for rejecting an offering.

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It wasn’t until I visited Hanoi while living as an expat in Vietphái nam nearly a decade ago that this dish came inlớn my life. A northern Vietnamese specialty comprised of turmeric-marinated fish fillets served in a sizzling skillet table-side along with heaps of dill và scallions, chả cá thăng long is somehow both familiar and novel, và in spite of what my family believes, totally ngon (delicious).

This weekend’s heat wave sầu inspired me to get inkhổng lồ the kitchen to make something light & bright—this dish fit the bill. I started with two pounds of halibut marinated in fish sauce, ground turmeric, garlic, ginger, shallots, blaông xã pepper, and a bit of dill. After carefully pan-frying the fillets, I combined them with bunches of scallions và dill that had been wilted in vegetable oil.

The fish & herbs were served over vermicelli rice noodles with crushed peanuts, herbs, và plenty of nước chấm. It was the perfect antidote lớn 104-degree temps.

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For fish marinade

6 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce2 teaspoons turmeric powder5 garlic clovesFresh ginger (2-inch knob)2 shallots¼ teaspoon blaông xã pepper1 tablespoon fresh dill

For fish preparation

Vegetable oil2 bunches scallions, sliced inlớn 2 inch segments2 bunches dill, stems removed


To prepare the marinade, combine all the ingredients in a food processor và pulverize until the garlic, ginger, & shallots are finely minced. Pour the marinade over the fish fillets và let sit in the refrigerator for no more than 1-2 hours (marinating longer will make the fish taste too salty).


To prepare the fish, coat the bottom of a non-stiông xã frying pan with vegetable oil. Heat the oil on medium-high và pan-fry the fish, 3-4 minutes on each side, until evenly browned. Drain the cooked fish on paper towels. Work in batches khổng lồ cook the remaining fish, adding more oil as needed.


Next, coat the bottom of a stainless steel skillet with vegetable oil. Add the scallions and dill and sauté until completely cooked through, approximately 5-7 minutes.


Add the cooked fish fillets to the scallion-dill mixture and gently combine.


Serve immediately over vermicelli rice noodles with crushed peanuts, herbs, & plenty of nước chấm.