Monday, September 28, 2009

asia recap part two: to market to market

One of the most thrilling aspects of our trip were the vibrant markets of Southeast Asia. They were colorful, chaotic, inspiring, and at times even alarming. We encountered women balancing baskets stuffed with produce atop their heads, herds of teenage boys riding motor scooters, old toothless women hawking their wares, and medicine men with stacks of ancient cure-alls. There were piles of delicious looking exotic fruits, colorful orchids, heaps of chillies and stacks of banana leaves.

On the other end of the spectrum, we also saw blocks of congealed blood (used in soups), crispy insects, whole frogs, and, at one market, we even encountered a teenage boy sucking on the legs of a tarantula. I can't pretend to have tried all of these delicacies (or even been able to stand looking at them long enough to get a good photo) but whether delicious or disgusting, the sights, smells and sounds of Southeast Asia's markets were a culinary education in and of themselves, and an experience I will never forget.

3 comments:

Teanna DiMicco said...

I would have never been able to leave! Well... maybe until I saw a kid sucking on tarantula legs... then I may have turned around! Hahaha! It really sounds (and looks) like an amazing experience!

Chocolate Shavings said...

What beautiful and colorful photographs! Make me want to hop on a plane!

tastestopping said...

Your photos don't contain any pictures of people, which is so fascinating because it made me realize how much in common we all have (when the mirror of food is held up to us). Granted, some of the things you describe are not on my bucket list, but in some parts of the world cheese is considered taboo (rotting milk). We all need sustenance and crave flavor and freshness, but we also all have our limits! What a beautiful journey.

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