Rainy season market specialities

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In between downpours, it is pleasant to visit the local town market to see what new foods have come into season. Like water cockroaches, for example. Nice raw to snack on while watching Eastenders, or more flavoursome plopped into a wok and deep fried.

String bag of frogs
String bag of frogs

I’m not sure how these frogs will be prepared for the dining table. Snipped up into bite-sized chunks or dismembered to make frogs’ legs. The plastic string bag is quite nifty, I think.

Pork acratchins
Pork acratchins

Forget crisps and cheesy wotsits, these deep-fried, pig skin, curly crispy snacks are crunchilicious. Porky, but nice.

Cockles
Cockles

My mum used to like eating cockles in a twisted cone of paper, at the seaside. We’d use a pin to prick out the contents. Then one day at Cullercoats, near Whitley Bay, I asked her where the cockles went to the toilet. She didn’t fancy them much after that. These look like they have been pre cooked.

Funghi
Funghi

Soft white fungi, chewy in parts, but quite tasty.

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Fresh squid comes over from Burma, as Moulemein is just a few hours away on the shores of the Andaman Sea.

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This rather splendid freshwater fish is being kept cool by a block of ice on top. I know you shouldn’t bargain when you don’t intend to buy, but I wanted to know the price. I think the fishwife would have accepted £2.50 for it.

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Something more wholesome, a bubbling cauldron of fresh sweet corn. Followed by some asparagus.

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And finally, it is just too exhausting selling fried bananas!
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2 Replies to “Rainy season market specialities”

  1. Poor frogs! Were they still alive?
    We’re coming to Thailand in July, to Chiang Mai, Sukhotai, Lampang and Phrae – do you think we will see similar things to these in the markets? I can firmly say that I won’t be tucking into any cockroaches or frogs!

    1. Yes, I’m sure you will see similar things in the local, not tourist, markets.
      The frogs were alive.
      My sympathy has diminished since their extremely loud croaking woke me at 5am yesterday.

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