I pulled the trigger a little too quickly this morning – descriptions now included!
when you get to thailand, a floating market is almost definitely on your list of go-tos. if you’re like us and can’t quite be bothered to get to the typically picturesque markets outside bangkok (the most popular being the damnoen saduak floating market) – two hours early travel and massive crowds to deal with – then this is a great choice. right within the boundaries of the city, a good proper market with more locals than tourists and lots of good food, this place fit right into our schedules and stomachs.
we ate very well here (but that’s for the next post!) – and saw quite a bit about how the locals live, and shop. if you remember the vietnamese market I visited last year, then perhaps you’d notice similarities between the two!
an array of golden-brown fried offerings – eggs, fish cakes and the like
there’s no worry about getting hungry here – there are stalls peddling the savory,
glutinous rice steamed in banana leaf triangles
otak-otak (or spicy fish paste) steamed in lotus leaves and all-wrapped up neatly
sticks of sweet barbecued pork – delicious! but a tad greasy
and crispy pancake shells that straddle the sweet-savory: topped with coconut cream and dried shrimp or coconut
and the sweet. all delicious, all cheap – what you really need here are mouths to share things with, and quite a bit of hunger.
steamed cakes and coconut-rolled kuehs
the universally-popular fried donut holes
fresh chestnuts deskinned – fantastically crunchy and refreshing
traditional ice lollies – with flavors like thai iced tea – made in a oldentimes contraption
when you’re done eating, do as the locals do (or not), and get with the groceries. it’s pretty darn cool to me
but I might be a bit of a food nerd how different the food is in each country – and while I wouldn’t necessarily eat a lot of it, it’s well-interesting to see.
rather-scary looking fish ready for steaming in their bamboo baskets
barbecued ready-for-reheating fish on sticks
and rather dodgy fish soaking in an opaque, dark liquid – this made us think of the perils of street food more than anything, though I’m sure someone out there must find them delicious. anyone know what this is?
an array of beautiful thai greens
a furry whatchamacallit and green bananas
and delicious custard apples and guavas
ready-bagged portions of sauces and condiments
and other fresh greens
when you’re done with all that, don’t forget the non-food items on sale! I loved these enamel cups, and rather desperately wanted to score a couple for future home furnishing, but the partner went on his practical stool and rather disapproved the purchase.
men, always remember that while a woman may forgive (temporarily), she never forgets.
if your partner stops you from so-called-unnecessary purchases too, perhaps souvenirs might be practical enough to buy?
an assortment of rice crackers and puffs
colored fruit-shaped mung-bean goodies, also known as luk chup
banana-leaf wrapped sweets
when you’re all done – a drink’s what you need, especially in the rather sweltering heat.
the bright-red juice of the gac fruit – which we didn’t dare to try
and the international beverage of well-chilled beer
the market was small, but rather fun in a out-of-the-ordinary sort of way, and easy enough to get to. I highly recommend visiting, and going early – the heat can get insufferable toward noon, which makes it difficult to find motivation to trudge along.
a lovely place, and still local enough to feel authentic (whatever that means).
Taling Chan Floating Market
open Saturday and Sunday, 0800-1700h
directions: get on the BTS to Wongwian Yai Station, then ride a taxi for 20 minutes to the market
p.s. phew, that was long! next post: proper market eating.