In the food market...
04.20.2008 - 04.21.2008
Thailand’s markets are legendary for their eclectic selection of food. The presentation is flat out artistic - who knew that you could make a giant green flower from lettuce?? The best part is the people who are so friendly, forever smiling and always helpful. We are greeted with "sabaidee kaaps" and traditional thai bows every few seconds and anyone we approach is curious and happy to practice their little English and our VERY limited Thai. Somehow we somehow always understand each other though (at least we think so...) Of course we know they are doing business and money is king in Thailand, but we really feel a connection with some people that will stay with us.
We have been spending tons of time in the local markets in Patong doing shopping for Banana Tacos (Carlos' restaurant/guesthouse) and getting fresh fruits and veggies for ourselves (I can't believe I'm saying it, but Mexican food is starting to get old!) The market around the corner from Banana Tacos has a second floor where you can eat delicious made on-the-spot food that is some of the cheapest in Patong. We have a slight addiction to the market and walk there almost daily to stock up on supplies and get our fill of cocunut and banana shakes. Yum!
My personal favorite part of the market is the seafood section where there are tons of fish, clams, crabs, shark, muscles, lobster, squid, prongs, oysters, octupus and a few things so odd that we have never seen before. The best part is that they are all alive, still swimming, flopping or floating in little buckets! It doesn't get any more fresh than this. They are so alive that as I got close to figure out where water was squirting from in plastic pan, a clam actually spit on me - from 2 feet away!
Markets are so fun and such a great glimpse of the very important part of the Thai culture - their food! We're looking forward to visiting many more in the last few weeks that we have left in Thailand.
Sabaidee kaa for now!