I’m happy to announce the winner of my Soapy Giveaway is, drum roll please, Tara of Aigoo-Chamna.net! Congratulations, Tara! Thrilled that you won & you most definitely deserve it. Tara is always one of the first people to read my posts & leaves thoughtful comments. Very pleased that she won, but it was all the more easier for her to win when a bunch of people got disqualified because they failed to do one simple thing: leave multiple comments on different posts. Womp womp! Oh well, their loss is Tara’s win. Visit her blog & befriend this friendly blogger! Thanks to all those who participated & be on the lookout for another giveaway in the future. I’m bound to have another one. 🙂
Let’s get on with my previous promise to share Vietnamese recipes, shall we? I bring you a delicious fish & noodle recipe from my peeplez. Cha Ca Thang Long (Grilled Turmeric Fish with Dill) is a very popular northern Vietnamese dish, which has a transliteration of “grilled chopped fish from Thang Long.” While we were sweating in Vietnam’s summer heat, my family went to lunch at a restaurant in Hanoi which only served Cha Ca Thang Long and it was quite excellent. However, I’ve had better in the comforts of my own home (& my mother’s cooking) & at Pho Quang Trung. It’s also comforting knowing you can eat fresh herbs raw without worry of parasites too, so there’s that. This recipe is not meant for those who don’t like seafood or fish sauce, because honey, fish sauce is the soy sauce of Vietnam. In other Asian cuisines, soy sauce is the base for many dishes, but in Vietnam, it’s fish sauce. It’s the secret ingredient my mom uses to make her spaghetti sauce full of umami goodness.
BONUS FUN FACT: Ancient Romans also used fish sauce in their spaghetti too, so don’t you judge my mother for adding her Vietnamese fusion ways into pasta.
Cha Ca Thang Long
Yooooo, did you know that Vietnamese food is one of the healthiest ethnic cuisines? Ignore the fact that the dipping fish sauce (nuoc mam cham) is mostly sugary fishy vinegar water, but take a look at this fish dish: it’s supposed to be grilled–but I ain’t got a grill here, so whatevs–which is healthy so long as you don’t burn the heck out of the fish & it’s slathered with turmeric & dill. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties & it can help lower cholesterol, making it heart healthy, & aids with digestion. Dill is also great for indigestion & when combined with turmeric, they make a great team for keeping insulin levels from fluctuating. This is great news for diabetics & even better news for those trying not to develop diabetes! Ready for this? Get my recipe y’all.
**I’ll post those adverts for the runner-ups for the next post. Right now I need to do my chores, sheesh.**