Perfect recipe for the legendary Hanoi’s “La Vong grilled fish”

Each piece of frilled fish cake soaked in spices, blending with the aroma of vegetables creates the unforgettable taste of the legendary Hanoi's "chả cá Lã Vọng" (La Vong grilled fish).

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Perfect recipe for the legendary Hanoi's "chả cá Lã Vọng"
La Vong grilled fish is one of the iconic dishes of Hanoi that is included in the list of delicious dishes by many of the world’s leading culinary sites. (Photo: VN Express)

La Vong grilled fish is one of the iconic dishes of Hanoi that is included in the list of delicious dishes by many of the world’s leading culinary sites. A TV program in the US once said: “You should try this once before leaving the world“.

If you have not had the opportunity to go to Hanoi to taste this special grilled fish, you can still make it in your own kitchen. All you have to do is following this perfect yet simple recipe!

Perfect recipe for the legendary Hanoi's "chả cá Lã Vọng"
If you have not had the opportunity to go to Hanoi to taste this special grilled fish, you can still make it in your own kitchen. (Photo: VN Express)

Ingredients list

Relating to the fish

1 kg of cleaned, fillet fish meat, cut into 4-5cm pieces. Crystal eyed catfish are highly recommended for its firm and naturally sweet fish. Snapper, sea bass, catfish, and tilapia are also good choices.

2 tbsp of turmeric powder

4 tbsp minced galangal

2 tbsp of Vietnam northern “mẻ” or plain yogurt

1 tbsp of fermented shrimp paste (or fish sauce)

1-2 tbsp of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon of ground pepper

2 tbsp of chopped dill

Fresh ginger

Relating to dipping sauce

2-3 tbsp of shrimp paste

3 tbsp of sugar

1 tbsp of hot cooking oil

1 tbsp of minced garlic

1-2 teaspoons of white wine

Sliced chili (to taste)

2 tbsp of lemon juice (or kumquat).

Other components

Scallions, cut into pieces

Dill, cut in pieces

Onion, shredded

Roasted peanuts

Rice noodle

Fresh vegetables: Lettuce, oregano, perilla …

Vegetable oil

Perfect recipe for the legendary Hanoi's "chả cá Lã Vọng"
The fish tastes best when grilled on a charcoal stove. (Photo: Kenh14)

How to make perfect La Vong grilled fish?

Marinate the fish: Put all ingredients (turmeric powder, chopped galangal, batch, ground pepper, chopped cumin, fresh ginger) in a blender and well-blended. Mix the sliced ​​fish well with the marinate mixture, add fish sauce, and shrimp paste. The fish should be marinated for at least 1 hour.

Grill the fish: The fish tastes best when grilled on a charcoal stove. If you do not own any charcoal stove, then bake them in the oven at 250 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown. Be sure to apply oil to a nice shade of fish that won’t dry out.

Fry the fish: Prepare a hot pan with vegetable oil, then fry the fish until the outside turns golden brown. Add scallions, onions, and dill to the pan.

Mix the dipping sauce: Add shrimp paste, sugar, hot oil, garlic, chili, and white wine to a bowl and mix them well. Then add lemon juice and quickly stir.