We experienced Cha Ca Hanoi on our very first day in Vietnam. Watch our video to find out why this fish dish was a revelation to two seasoned culinary travelers.
We had never heard of Cha Ca until our first day in Hanoi just two weeks ago, but we were game to try it on the suggestion of our new friend Mai Nguyen who writes the Hanoi food blog Tho Loves Food.
Although the famous and tourist friendly Cha Ca restaurants are in the city’s Old Quarter, we happily walked 25 minutes to tiny, family owned Cha Ca Phan where we ate pan-fried chunks of meaty fish at our table along with a mixture of vegetables and herbs like fennel, turmeric and dill. The real fun was assembling the bowls with fish, vegetables, herbs, rice noodles, shrimp paste, fish sauce and red chili peppers. What a perfect introduction to the Hanoi food scene!
Watch our video as we eat Cha Ca Hanoi with Mai for the second time and learn more about this intriguing dish. Try not to laugh too hard when you hear us attempt to pronounce “Cha Ca” and other Vietnamese words.
Cha Ca Hanoi Video
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Cha Ca Phan is located at 20 Xóm Hạ Hồi, Hanoi, Hoàn Kiếm, Vietnam.