In yesterday’s post about eating seafood, I mentioned that after eating we went for a stroll through the adjacent market. Nongmon Market is in Chonburi province, a coastal province southeast of Bangkok. Like all markets, there is a lot to see, plenty of pictures to take, and not a few things to try eating … if you are brave enough!
A view down one section of the market, which stretches over several blocks. It is a busy place and if you aren’t careful you could easily get run down by a motorbike.
It is all about the fresh seafood. Here are some very large prawns, ready to be grilled.
There are many kinds of fish available. I watched for a minute as this skilled fishmonger quickly cut the tails and fins off the fish, moving as rapidly as a machine.
There were bushels full of hoy dong – marinated/pickled clams that are a popular dish.
Lots of vendors sell hor mok – a fish mousse steamed in a banana leaf or mussel shell. Tawn made this for me using salmon shortly after he moved to San Francisco in late 2000. It was tasty, but I have to say that he struggled to find a banana leaf to use.
Visiting the market is fun for the entire family – especially when you can get four members of the family squeezed onto a motorbike. See the second child in there?
A sweet treat called khanom jaak – The leaf is”bai jak”, a type of palm frond. A mixture of shredded coconut, palm sugar, and coconut milk is folded inside the leaf then it is grilled until it becomes a sticky, toffee-like mass. Tasty stuff. Watch out for the staples.
Dried shrimp – Thais use these in dishes like nam prik (chili dipping sauce) and som tam (green papaya salad) to add a salty and fishy flavor.
A fruit vendor slicing up fruit to go. The orange fruit above the pineapple is called gratawn – a summer fruit with a bitter, tangy exterior layer of flesh. Closer to the seed it is very sweet with a cottony flesh. The bananas in the lower right are known as gluay nam waa, which has a sticky flesh similar to a plantain. There are many different varieties of banana here.
Finally a dessert called khanom chan – “layer dessert” – a jello-like dessert, very auspicious for promotions and other things where you go up a level. The green flavor is pandan leaf and blue flavor is an-chan, a type of flower also known as clitoria ternatea.
I hope you enjoyed the stroll through the market. Tomorrow, a retro 60s meal back in Bangkok.