Posted on 09 May 2012 by Danny
In the mood for Vietnamese food, I stop by Hanoi Restaurant on Bolsa Ave in Westminster. As I walk in, I notice that every table has the same dish and there happens to be a picture of that very dish prominently displayed on the wall. It must be their special, which means they must do it well. No need for a menu. I point to the picture and say “I’ll take that.” “That” turns out to be “Cha Ca Thang Long” or Turmeric Fish with Dill.
While I’m by no means an authority on Vietnamese food, this dish threw me for a loop because I’ve never associated dill with Vietnamese dishes. Pickles and bread yes, but Vietnamese food? Must investigate.
Turns out it’s pretty tasty stuff. I didn’t ask what kind of fish it was but it had the texture of snapper. After doing some research online, I found out that the fish normally used in this dish is Catfish. Whatever it was, it was good and topped with lots of fresh dill.
It’s all served on a sizzling plate of onions with rice noodles and herbs on the side. It also came with what I believe was a fermented fish sauce that was too strong for my taste so I just left that to the side. Overall, it was really good and I’m happy to have tried something new!