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The surprising combination of earthy turmeric-marinated fish, grassy dill, and pungent green onions is actually a traditional Vietnamese dish from Ha Noi. Be sure to use a blazing hot pan to get the fish extra crispy. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef

THE RECIPE

Chả Cá Thăng Long – Vietnamese Style Fish with Turmeric & Dill

A surprising combination of Vietnamese flavors

Chả Cá Thăng Long is an (in)famous dish of the capital city of Vietnam, Ha Noi. Like many other Vietnamese dishes, this recipe is all about an interplay and magical balance of flavors, textures and colors. It’s earthy, salty, savory, bright, and fresh. It’s yellow and green and white. It’s both tender and crunchy. And somehow, these seemingly conflicting elements come together into a unified dish that’s simply spectacular. First, fish filets (use catfish or other mild, firm white fish) are marinated in earthy turmeric, ginger, garlic, and fish sauce. While the fish absorbs the flavor of the marinade, onions, scallions, and dill (yes, dill, and lots of it!) are quickly sautéed to release their flavors. Over blazingly hot heat, the fish is seared until crispy on the outside, then served over the onions, scallions, and dill along with rice noodles, chopped peanuts, and a few dipping sauces. If you want to feel like you’re in the bustling streets of Ha Noi without taking a flight, this recipe is your vehicle there.

THE CHEF

Nam Nguyen

Food Blogger, Foodventure Explorer, Potato Fanatic

Nam Nguyen from The Culinary Chronicles

I come from a beautiful culture where food is at the root of everything. If the dishes I make can help evoke a loving memory or create a new delicious tradition, than I’m a happy camper

Nam is the blogger, recipe developer, photographer, and “foodventure explorer” behind The Culinary Chronicles. Growing up in a Vietnamese family in Minneapolis with limited access to authentic ingredients, Nam’s mother was forced to become culinarily creative, combining Western ingredients with traditional Vietnamese flavors and techniques. This influence rubbed off on Nam, who now explores her own passion for food from her home in San Diego using a fusion of flavors and ingredients from both the East and the West. On her blog, you’ll find a true “chronicle” of flavors from around the world – some purely authentic and some fusion – but all with a focus on using fresh, wholesome ingredients and cooking from scratch.

Head over to The Culinary Chronicles and say hello to Nam on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

THE TIP

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