The Muang Mai market is situated by the Ping river. Further down are more popular ones including Wararot market which I ended up in – but by that stage I had too much to carry so decided to call it a night and find flowers later.
Since it was dark it wasn’t as busy as it is during the day, but there was still a lot of fruit and other goods available at great prices. I bought some much needed items for the kitchen; chains and locks for my bikes; and a ridiculous amount of fruit. And I would’ve bought more if I had some way of getting it all back home! As it was I ended up with mangoes, cashew nuts, cherry tomatoes, pineapples – oh, glorious pineapples! I don’t know if I have ever seen piles and piles of pineapples like that at a market before. I was also very proud of myself because I managed to read the sign: ‘Phuket’. I haven’t even written about my Thai lessons and will soon, but let’s just say that it is bloody HARD work! I still can’t say anything, but I’m getting a good grounding in basic grammar. It’s not the most natural way to learn but the systematic approach works well for me, which is perhaps not so surprising.
I also couldn’t resist buying some durian to have for dinner later that night and the verdict? I have never tasted durian so pungent in my life. It was probably THE most intense eating experience I’ve had since I arrived here. My Thai teacher reckons that a man died from eating too much durian and you know what? I’m inclined to believe her. It’s a ‘hot’ fruit which means eating too much of it overheats your body. It’s basically a yin-yang thing. Like Thais, Viets also believe that durian is a ‘hot’ fruit. I’m sure there is a more scientific explanation for what this means but I’ve grown up with the hot/cool theory so it makes perfect sense to me.
My big haul from the market will be shared tomorrow because I have invited the four young Aussies I know to come over for lunch at my place. In keeping with the yin-yang theory of food, I am going to balance out all the spicy Thai food we consume by going Mediterranean – spaghetti tossed with roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic and garnished with basil, accompanied by a salad dressed with lemon and olive oil dressing. And for dessert? Mangoes (hot) and pineapples (cool). A fabulous way to spend a Sunday afternoon.