Grilling food at the table is so fun. A skillet of “Lăng” fish and other components arrives, and you submit to a brusque ceremony of tabletop cooking and do-it-yourself assembly. The combination of ingredients — turmeric, dill, shrimp paste and fish sauce — delivers an intriguing muskiness bolstered with chiles, silky noodles and a thicket of other fresh herbs to season the chunks of fish.

As the sounds of sizzling fish make music in your ears, your nostrils are filled with the unmistakable aroma of fresh dill and turmeric. Inside the skillet are all the delectable and unique ingredients that make this dish so special: fish marinated in turmeric, topped with fresh dill and shrimp paste. It is the dill and turmeric which impart such a unique and rave-worthy taste to the fish.

Scoop up some still steaming fish from the skillet into your bowl. Also add a spoonful of fish sauce or shrimp sauce with the chopped red chillies and some peanuts, then the rice noodles. And a bowl for eating and chopsticks is all you need.

The combination of freshly grilled fish seasoned with turmeric, tempered with dill, spiced with flavors of shrimp paste, mixed in with fresh herbs that still have a delicious fresh bite to them, topped with crunchy peanuts is the ultimate umami of flavors.

Every mouthful exploded with flavor, the heat is intense since you are picking food right off of the stove. Even with a singed tongue, you could tell that this is going to be one of the best meals you’d ever eaten!