Dill is uncommon in Vietnam, but in the north of the country, it is one of the key components of the dish Cha Ca. Cha Ca is small fish fillets marinated in turmeric and galangal, and sauteed with a very generous helping of dill. The best Cha Ca restaurants in Hanoi will only serve this one dish and on many occasions you’ll actually find the dish referred to by the name of the restaurant that invented it, Cha Ca La Vong.
The dish is served with the usual condiments, and the not so common addition of peanuts. You mix a bit of everything in your bowl and eat it together.
It was unlike anything I’d ever tasted before and I can highly recommend it. A truly iconic northern Vietnamese dish.
My wife and I had Cha Ca at Cha Cha Thanh Long, which can be found at 31 Duong Thanh.