There are 36 streets in the Old Quarter and each street is named after the particular trade specialization of the merchants back in the day. For instance, Hang Bac is the Silver Street in which even today is lined with gold and silver jewelry shops.
One street in particular was renamed for the famous northern specialty Cha Ca (Grilled Fish) that originated from this street. The restaurant Cha Ca La Vong has been open since 1871 through five generations of the Doan family.
Cha Ca is turmeric seasoned fish that is first grilled then fried in oil table side. Heaping plates of dill, green onions, and cilantro are accompanied to be placed into the sizzling pan. Once cooked, you put some bun (vermicelli rice noodles) in the bowl, some fish and greens, and a sprinkling of peanuts. The dish is additionally flavored with mam tom (purple shrimp sauce) and/or nuoc mam to your own liking. Mix all the ingredients together, eat, and repeat until your tummy is happy!
Cha Ca doesn’t come cheap at this institution. Be prepared to pay around $10 USD per person.
There is only one dish on the menu
Cha Ca La Vong
14 Cha Ca
Old Quarter, Hanoi