Recipe: Cha Ca (turmeric Fish)

CooQ : Recipe: Cha Ca (turmeric Fish)

Cha Ca (turmeric Fish)

Vietnamese, Mains

120 calories/serving
50 mins
Grilled fish that has been marinated with turmeric, tossed with sautéed scallions and dills, and served with vermicelli noodles, roasted peanuts and dipping sauce.

Recipe by:

A pinch of salt by Sara


1. Soak 180 gms (6.3 oz) dried rice vermicelli noodles in just boiled water for 2 minutes or until tender. drain and divide among serving bowls.

2. For the marinade, use a mortar and pestle to pound 1/3 cup sliced spring onion / scallions and 3 garlic cloves to a rough paste.

3. Stir through the remaining ingredients namely 1/4 cup fish sauce, 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp sugar, 2 tbsp vegetable oil and 2 tbsp finely chopped dill leaves. pour the marinade into a large bowl.

4. Add 800 gms fish fillets sliced into 4 cm wide strips and toss to coat.

5. To make nuoc cham dressing, in a small bowl add 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, 1 finely chopped red chilli, 3 tbsp white sugar, 3 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp white vinegar, 2 tbsp lime juice.

6. Heat the vegetable oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.

7. Add the marinated fish, spreading the pieces out in the pan. allow to cook on the first side until golden for about 2-3 minutes. then gently turn the fish over, sprinkle over 2 tbsp water.

8. Cover with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes or until fish is just cooked. scatter over most of the spring onion and dill leaves (leaving some for serving). pour over 1 tbsp lime juice and remove from heat.

9. Top noodles with fish and the pan juices. drizzle with nuoc cham dressing and add more dill or spring onion as needed.

By Marion's Kitchen