Thursday, January 14, 2010

To Market, To Market....

If you know me, you know that my favorite places to visit on this trip were the markets. Specifically, the food markets (although the bustling night markets with their different wares were amazing as well... just not quite as edible!). Every city had one, but my favorite food market, hands down, was the morning market in Luang Prabang. Block after block of narrow streets were lined with vendors displaying their stunning commodities with obvious pride. Copious amounts of produce, grains, live and recently alive animals, fish, prepared foods... it was a feast for the senses.

River weed

Peanuts, aubergines

Thai chilis, greens?, bananas

Thai chilis

Thai chilis

Banana flowers


Dried rats


Bok Choy


Banana flower blossoms



Potatoes, marigolds, eggplant

Tomatos, limes, apples

Soup herb and spice blends

Drying water buffalo meat

River snails



And more fish

Dried fish


Chicken, always with their feet prominently displayed (the feet are prized parts).

The butcher shop - open air, complete with the butcher climbing all over the table.

The meat was precious and expensive, but you could find nearly any kind (beef, pork, venison, water buffalo, etc.), and certainly every last bit of the animal (offal, heads, hooves, etc.). Nothing goes to waste.

Brains with your breakfast?

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