The famous Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi The famous Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi
12 Nov 2012

Founded in 1871, Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi Old Quarter serves only one dish. The place certainly looks its age. The steep, narrow steps leads to the first floor where several tables and chairs are cramped into a small room. The kitchen is just behind.

After seated, the waiter proceeds to hand out a little laminated paper printed with the words, "We only serve one dish. Grilled fish" with the price per person stated below. Cha Ca La Vong are chunks of fried fish cooked with fresh dill on a brazier. It is then eaten with cold rice noodles, chilli and peanuts.

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