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Cha Ca (Turmeric & Dill Fish Cha Ca)

Vietnamese turmeric fish with noodles (Cha Ca La Vong) is a delicious and iconic dish of Hanoi.

Chunks of flavourful fish are plated on a bed of aromatic green scallion and dill, boasting a unique dining experience. Served on a bed of rice vermicelli.

Servings: 4 Dish

Keywords: Vegan, vegetarian, rice vermicelli, soup

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins




  • 1 packet (200g) chickpea tempeh (cut into 12)
  • 7 stalks scallion (cut into 3inch length)
  • 1 punnet dill (cut into 3cm length – discard thick stalk)
  • 3 stalks coriander (cut into 3cm length – discard roots)
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 packet Vietnamese rice vermicelli (boiled according to instruction)

For Marinade

  • 3 stalks scallion, chopped to be pounded with mortar and pestle
  • 4 cloves garlic to be pounded with mortar and pestle
  • ½ tsp salt to be pounded with mortar and pestle
  • 2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegan fish sauce (refer below)
  • 1 punnet dill, chopped and discard thick stalk
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

For Sauce (mix all in a jar)

  • 1 red chili, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Juice of 1 lime

Vegan Fish Sauce (mix all in a jar)

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 bird’s eye chili, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup hot water


  1. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Put in the cut tempeh and leave it to marinate in room temperature for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat a pan with 2tbsp olive oil.
  4. Put the marinated tempeh into the hot pan and let it fry for 4 minutes or until it is slightly golden brown. Then flip to the other side and let it fry for 3 minutes.
  5. Add in scallion, dill and coriander. Let it sit for 30 seconds.
  6. Turn off heat and add the juice of half a lime.
  7. Plate rice noodles in a bowl. Topped it with 3 slices of tempeh, some of the greens and drizzle with the homemade sauce.
  8. Mix them well and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4

Serving Per Recipe: 4 Dish

Amount Per Serving
Calories 461
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.1g 34%
Saturated Fat 3.2g 16%
Trans Fat g
Sodium 3159mg 131%
Total Carbohydrate 53.8g 17%
Dietary Fiber 14.4g 57%
Sugars 16.3g
Protein 18.6g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: