Sunday started early – 6 a.m. to be exact. If we wanted to beat the heat and make it to the market before all the good produce was picked, we had to jump on the bus and go quickly. There are markets scattered all over the city for a few reasons. A lot of homes and restaraunts don’t have refrigerators, so ingredients have to be purchased daily. There are not many formal grocery stores in the busy capital. The weekend markets tend to be more geared toward family time and socializing with friends.
Here are some pics from my day out exploring the fresh food Thailand has to offer:
What’s rare in this picture of a woman butchering meat is that she’s wearing gloves. Health codes are often overlooked, but Bangkok has definitely been the cleanest of cities for market food.
Quail eggs are popular in Thailand. Because they’re so small, you end up eating a dozen of them in one sitting. Luckily, the seller cracks the shell for you.
Possibilities for breakfast are endless, but most common are curry dishes, soups and minced meat.
Every outting to the markets ends up being a social affair. Entire families show up together to eat breakfast and purchase the next few days of fresh ingredients.
The Chatuchak market in Bangkok is one the largest in the world. If it’s not sold here, you really dont need it. Thousands of people go during the weekend. This is the line of people leaving the area and heading for the BTS Skytrain.
Precious stones and minerals can be found in Southeast Asia and are sold on the streets. Along with leather belts, cell phone cases, American flag shirts next to Nazi symbol shirts (havent quite figured that one out yet), Chinese potions in little potion jars and pretty much anything else you could possibky ever desire.