Vietnam Food Exploration: Cha Ca La Vong

I’d love to live by the sea and have freshly-caught fish to hand. Or even live somewhere large enough to have a dedicated fishmongers. Instead I make do with supermarkets, and the occasional farmers market and farm shop.

This is particularly galling for a fan of raw fish. The last time I asked a supermarket fishmonger if their fish was okay to eat raw he said “Well I wouldn’t…” Since then, H found a great fishmonger in Guildford (The Chelsea Fishmonger), but it’s a bit of a trek so is only an occasional treat.

All this rambling leads to a post on Cha Ca La Vong – a wonderful Vietnamese fish creation.

cha ca la vong

Crispy fried fish with lots of dill and spring onions. It’s well seasoned, and is a light fresh dish.

We had in a couple of different places.

cha ca la vong

As you can see from the above, it comes with the familiar Vietnamese triumvirate of noodles, herbs and dipping sauce. Peanuts don’t seem to be obligatory.

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