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Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi

in Vietnam
on: 13 November 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.

This grilled fish, Cha Ca, is the most famous grilled fish in Hanoi. Even the street is named after it. For the portion given, it is way overpriced!

Founded in 1871, Cha Ca La Vong in Hanoi Old Quarter serves only one dish. After seated, the waiter proceeds to hand out a small laminated paper printed with the words, "We only serve one dish. Grilled fish. Drink not included" with the price per person stated below. Those chunks of fried fish were cooked with fresh dill on a brazier. It is then eaten with cold rice noodles, chilli and peanuts.

The place certainly looked its age. The steep, narrow steps led to the first floor where several tables and chairs were spread out in a cramped space. The kitchen was just behind. One wonders why downstairs was not used as part of the restaurant.

As with all things touristy, this dish was flogged to the max. Many also-rans had sprung up along the Cha Ca street and elsewhere.

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