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Nov
09

The Nai Yang Market

Going to the local market has become a kind of ritual for our family.  It is the place for us to load up on fruits and veggies and to try local food at local prices.  The market is held three days a week; Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  You can bet that on those three days we are eating market food for dinner!  Our whole family can eat well on four or five dollars.

One of the greatest things about it is that we can try all sorts of new foods for a fraction of the price at a restaurant.  Each week we find more things that we like as well as a few things that we will never buy again.

The only thing I don’t like about the market is the music they play over the loud speakers.  This is  something the Thais seem to do at every market, grocery store, or shopping centre we have been to.  LOUD music.  I mean LOUD.  If I don’t enter a store with a whole lot of patience the music very quickly turns me batty and I need to turn tail and get the heck out!  What is up with that Thailand?

Anyways….we really like the market.  Things that at first were shocking to the boys, such as raw meat laying about on plywood tables and buckets full of live eels, they no longer bat an eyelash at.  Market days usually mean a treat for them too.  Sometimes it’s coconut waffles, sometimes it’s soft cookies, sometimes it’s a crazy sweet shaved ice, syrup, condensed milk concoction.

Let me take you on a tour…..

Get your vegetables!

The fruit is AMAZING! Pineapples, watermelon, pomegranates, oh my!

Choose your eggs and take them home in a plastic bag.

Before….

After!

Big, fat, live toads!

Fresh fish. You catch them, we buy them!

Squirming catfish.

Yummy, yummy prawns.

Dried fish.

Pig head anyone?

Escargot!

Sugar cane juice…just in case my kids didn’t have quite enough sugar.

Fresh, raw peanuts. That bag cost me about a dollar!

Fried chicken.

Yogurt, candy, crazy delicious drink stand.

Grilled bananas.

We like to go to the market early…it opens at 3pm and goes on until 7 or 8pm.

Our favourite part is the fruit! It is such a treat for us to be able to eat fresh, tropical fruit every day!  Mangos, watermelon, pineapple, dragon fruit…all the things we hardly ever buy at home because it is too expensive and comes from too far away.  We certainly getting our fill in for the year and feeling grateful for it!

 

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6 comments

  1. Jill says:

    Oh wow, love all that fruit!

  2. Starr says:

    I can almost smell the market from here, deep in my memory are the smells of Thailand smoky, strange, oily, fishy a fresh coconut or two and it’s bliss.

  3. Barbara says:

    Oh, Thai markets!!! I miss them so much.

    I love Vietnamese markets, of course. But Thai markets are less chaotic. 🙂

    Glad you guys are having fun. You waited so long for this trip.

    1. worldschooled says:

      We love the markets too. So much to explore and so much fun!

  4. Lisa wood says:

    I LOVE markets – where ever we are we try to get to them on the weekends. Mind you we havent been for awhile.
    Not too sure about the live toads – but the idea of fresh Veggies would be ideal for our family 🙂

    1. worldschooled says:

      The veggies, the fruit, and the spring rolls! Yum!

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