I had the honour of joining a Thai chef as she purchased her weekend's supply, and she tried to explain the bizzare and peculiar food items to me. This was rather tricky, as she speaks no English, and I speak all of 10 words of Thai. (Hopefully that number will increase with each blog post, as I try to make myself understood)
OK, so the meat stand, not so pretty. Chickens still have heads on, and are not nicely packaged on a polystyrene tray, wrapped in clingfilm, so if you are used to shopping at woolies, beware. I think I will stay a vegetarian. But you won't linger long, as exotic aromas draw you to the next stand.
So with arms hanging heavy with groceries, we head back to the house to prepare lunch, where everyone gets stuck in to help, even granny. In the gallery below are some photos of the food being prepared, note the chicken please, with feet in the air as if it keeled over in fright. I tucked its head away as a sign of respect, and because I just couldn't stand it staring at me anymore, eyes pleading 'I don't want to leave this earth as green curry!'
The long green vegetable next to the chicken is called FAK KIAO. Now say that slowwwly, and broken into sylables and you can see why it brings giggles to westerners when the Thai's at the market hold it up in the air, loudly proclaiming FAK KIAO, trying to sell their produce.
Lunch was brilliant, and appealed to all the senses. It smelt good, it tasted fantastic, it looked pretty, and the sound of laughter and loud chatter at the table summed up a great day.
See below for photos of the food being prepared.