Fish with Dill (Cha Ca La Vong) Recipe

This Vietnamese classic is loaded with healthy ingredients: turmeric and dill!

This Vietnamese fish dish is loaded with healthy ingredients—both turmeric and dill are revered for their anti-inflammatory properties. Serve the ingredients separately so everyone can have fun making their own bowls.

Fish with Dill (Cha Ca La Vong) Recipe

Zee Castro-Talampas
This Vietnamese classic is loaded with healthy ingredients: turmeric and dill!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 4 to 6


Fish with Dill (Cha Ca La Vong) Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce (patis)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (luyang dilaw) minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 3 gloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoons ginger crushed
  • 1/2 Cup dill leaves chopped
  • 2 cream dory (use fillet), sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 Cup fish sauce (patis)
  • 3 red finger chilies (siling haba) minced
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 large white onion sliced
  • 1/2 Cup green onion chopped
  • 1 200 gram pack vermicelli (sotanghon) noodles cooked according to package directions
  • 1/2 Cup peanuts chopped
  • 1/2 Cup dill leaves
  • 1/2 Cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 red finger chilies (siling haba) sliced
  • lemon to serve


  • Using a mortar and pestle, pound together fish sauce, turmeric, ground turmeric, garlic, ginger, and dill to make a paste. Add paste to fish and mix to coat each piece completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make the nuoc cham: mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Sauté onions until golden; set aside.
  • Add remaining oil and sear fish until cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add green onions and toss.
  • Portion noodles among bowls. Top with fish and onions. Garnish with peanuts, dill, cilantro, basil, chilies, and more green onions. Serve with nuoc cham and lemon rounds on the side.
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