Adventures in Food… and Other Things
Camera info: Canon Rebel 350D • lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
ISO 1600 • f 4.5 • 1/25 sec
Q: Where can you go to find fresh veggies, raw meat, freshly-picked flowers, or ready-made desserts all in one place?
A: Thailand’s open markets!
I got to see one while visiting some friends, and it was quite the shopping experience! Nearly a hundred booths were filled with various items for purchase. The lady in the picture was selling vegetables, and she was eager to bargain if you were willing to buy more. Down the row, another lady sold bouquets or single orchids (a popular flower in Thailand). They were very cheap in comparison to US prices, so my friend didn’t think twice about grabbing a bunch to decorate her table at home. Yet another vendor sold ready-made food and desserts, so I opted for a banana treat wrapped in leaves. Yum! Others sold jewelry and school supplies. So random. 🙂
While we walked around, I happened to look into a room off to the side and saw several people chopping meat. The room was filled with all varieties of meat products hanging on the walls or lying on the tables. They did not have refrigeration for anything here, as they expected to sell it all that day. I opted instead to sample some of the native fruits off another cart. One was pink and spikey. Hmm… don’t let the appearance fool you, it was very good! My nose told me that someone was also selling durian, and Asian fruit that smells like rotting garbage, but tastes very sweet. To keep away flies, the merchants rigged up an ingenious contraption: plastic streamers attached to slowly rotating fans, which swatted the flies away every time they came near. Now why didn’t I think of that!?
If you went to an Asian open market, what type of things would you look for? Be adventurous!