We experienced Cha Ca on our very first day in Hanoi 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 the classic Vietnam food dish on the suggestion of our 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 to eat 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!
Cha Ca Phan is located at84 Trần Quốc Toản, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam. Note – this is a new address for Cha Ca Phan.
Cha Ca Hanoi Video
Watch our YouTube video as we eat Cha Ca with Mai for the second time and learn more about this lesser-known but highly intriguing Vietnamese dish.
Try not to laugh too hard when you hear us attempt to pronounce “Cha Ca” and other Vietnamese words.
Plan Your Hanoi Trip
Some businesses may revise their hours and menus due to COVID-19. Others may close, either temporarily or permanently, without notice. Be sure to check websites for updated information and make advance reservations where possible.
Get a Vietnam Visa
Don’t get stuck at the border when you travel to Vietnam!
We’ve personally used Vietnam-Visa three times to secure Vietnam visas and have been happy with their convenience and service.
Stay Connected in Hanoi
You’ll want WiFi on the go for mapping, ordering Grab cars, translating menus and posting Instagram stories.
One option is to pre-order a pocket WiFi unit that you can pick up at your Hanoi hotel and use all over Vietnam.
This is a great option if your mobile phone is locked and you want to stay connected. Otherwise, you can purchase a SIM card upon arrival in Hanoi.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.