Lã Vọng fried fish paste is the name of one of Hanoi’s iconic dishes. The paste is made from fish (usually catfish) which is chopped and seasoned with spices before being grilled in charcoal brazier and fried all over again in a pan of fat. The delicacy was named by the Đoàn family residing at No. 14 Chả Cá Street, formerly Hàng Sơn street within the Old Quarter. The family had kept their trading secret. Patricia Schultz listed Lã Vọng fried fish paste in the book titled “1.000 nơi nên biết trước khi chết” (1000 Places to See Before You Die). In late 2003, MSNBC, a U.S. news agency shortlisted the ranking, and Lã Vọng fried fish paste in Hanoi was placed fifth out of 10 Places to See Before You Die alongside other nine famed spots and festivals the world over  The Đoàn family wholeheartedly welcome visitors to Chả cá Lã Vọng for unforgettable tastes rich in Vietnamese culture.
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