Grilled Fish Hanoi Style

"Got this recipe when I went on a cooking course in Hanoi and this was one of four dishes I made. It is very flavorful and filling but not heavy. Some of the ingredients are a bit out-of-the-ordinary but I promise you, its worth it! These can be eaten by themselves, inside rice paper rolls or as in this recipe."
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Ready In:
3hrs 30mins




  • Peel the galanga and cut into pieces, then process in a blender with a tablespoon of water.
  • In a blender, combine turmeric with a little water and a dash of lemon juice, press and strain.
  • Strain the shrimp paste together with the fermented rice to collect the juice.
  • Mix together the galanga, the turmeric juice, the shrimp paste and rice mixture and the cashew nut oil.
  • Season with oyster sauce and sugar.
  • Marinate the fish in the mixture for at least three hours.
  • Arrange the pieces of the fish on a grill. Grill on a cast iron plate with oil with a little dill, white parts of chives, peanuts and dried onion on top – turn continuously.
  • Serve hot with the “bun” noodles and a Vietnamese dipping sauce.
  • P.S. If you're going to Hanoi, I really recommend this course !

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RECIPE SUBMITTED BY Me at Christmas , eyeing the mince pies , muaharhar. I'm sixteen years old and love to cook. Seriosuly , I always bug my mum when she's coming home - " Can I boil an egg ? Do you want me to put on the pasta ? " etc - and I have little tradition where I cook a complete dinner once a fortnight. Thats' generally what I review recipes for as I don't get a chance to cook the rest of the time :( Since I live in Hong Kong, I don't have access to a lot of the stuff most Recipezaar-ers in the US do , so I spend a lot of time filtering out refrigerated buttermilk biscuits , frozen pie shells, pastry flour and all those instant mixes >< Its' not just that I live in Hong Kong though , my pantry (physically impossible in a two-bedroom flat, but there in mind and spirit) is small. What I always have in the kitchen : plain flour, self-raising flour, sugar, cocoa, pasta, canned beans, canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, garlic, onion, some kind of cheese, low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, water, frozen berries, muesli. I guess a love of food is born in as I'm half-Italian. I go to Sicily every summer and its so different from here - there is this ...respect for food. I LOVE IT The other half of me has an ex-baking grandma ( she stopped after she had no-one to fatten up ) and I think I got a bit of that too , I absolutely ADORE making cakes, cookies,muffins but I hate having them around the house . I mulled over the idea of selling my baked stuff but in the end decided I'd probably get arrested for hawking and no-one would know what I was doing anyway. My rating system - ***** Perfect. this is for whatever the recipe claims to be, i.e. if a recipe a simple,quick, economic stew I won't give it *** for not being finicky or delicate. These are often foolproof, too :) **** Almost perfect, but there was something missing. *** All right . Not a bad recipe, but I didn't like it. ** Not enjoyable, but with some spark or facet with merit. * Godawful. SORRY ! <img src="" border="0" alt="Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket"> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a> <img src="" border="0" alt="Photobucket">
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