Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunday Market

Not far from where we live is Talad Klong Toey, one of the cheapest markets in Bangkok catering to her poorer residents. Over 100,000 people - most of whom are rural migrants from Northeast Thailand - live in one of the city's largest and oldest slums about 200m from the market.
You can buy all sorts of live poultry here, and have them slaughtered and cleaned before you finish your breakfast.
For those with stronger stomaches, how about some grasshoppers...
... crickets...
... or silkworm for a wholesome delicious meal?
These bees did not keep away potential buyers.
A stall that specialized in the basic ingredients for the quintessential Thai kitchen.
The best looking - and most expensive! - tomatoes I could find. But they look too pretty to be diced up for my special pasta sauce ;-)
No longer "kept in the dark", these mushrooms were being cleaned and readied for the wok.
There were hundreds of these rice snacks in the trays, but we could not buy any as they were all pre-ordered and sold out.


While casual visitors may feel intimidated by the sights, sounds and smells that borders on total chaos, experienced buyers return regularly to Talad Klong Toey and navigate the seemingly haphazard collection of stalls to find the best bargains.


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17 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

I've heard of fried grasshoppers and crickets... hmmm. I think I could go through life without trying those and I'd be okay. :) Have you tried?

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I like them all...
That snack plate looks delicious.
Why not follow your hubby to the MotorShow in Bangkok !!!

Cheers and thanks for the visit...

allenaim photography and design said...

I stopped by thanks to your (absolutely lovely) comment on my blog...it made me smile :) Then, I read your market post and OH how any meories it brought back...We lived in Bangkok 5 years ago...seems like a lifetime ago - are you living there?

likeschocolate said...

I might pass on these, but I am sure they are delicious to some. Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. I absolutely LOVE these pictures of your Sunday Market! How much fun. I am sure your sweet babies eyes are as big as saucers as she takes all of this in. WOW! Perfect post. Thank you so much for joining us at Tuesdays around the World. We are very, very thankful you join! You are a blessing!

Sylvia K said...

I love markets and this looks like a great one! Terrific, colorful photos! Such a great look at your world today! Enjoy your week!

Sylvia

Maddy said...

Wow!! Thanks for sharing your part of the world, though I'm not sure grasshoppers, crickets or worms are my cup of tea :o/ But, I won't knock it, until I try it :) Maybe someday!

Debra said...

Please send me a copy of the stall shot with all the vegetables piled up! Wow!

Gwendolyn L said...

Oh how wonderful. Unique photos of a unique location. I enjoyed reading your description.

Yoli said...

As a vegetarian the only thing that attracted me was the delicious looking tomatoes. It was hard watching the ducks treated that way. Hope they had a quick death.

Angela said...

Oh my goodness love these photos. How fun! I can imagine myself there - wide eyed and totally confused but loving every minute!

gogovivi said...

I have been to that market on some of my trips to Bangkok! Your shots are making my mouth water. Well, the insects, not so much. But the spicy peppers! Yes!

London Caller said...

I'd like to try those insects! ;)
I heard they're high in protein?!?

Paula said...

Did I forget to mention ... I'm a vegetation? That first image makes me very sad ..

Anita Johnson said...

Wow...today our worlds seem very far apart! I so enjoy seeing your world through pictures. Your self portrait entry is great by the way!

Kala said...

I would love to stroll through this market. No, I would not eat worms, but to see this in person must be amazing.

michael bird said...

That was fun. Tks for the walk around.