Wow, here we stood about to enter this sprawling market which I had seen described so vividly by Mr. Bourdain. It was everything he talked about and more.
If you look closely you will see that the train tracks run right down the middle of the people selling their home grown and fresh caught items in small stalls covered with canvas, which retracts as the train arrives. Yep, the train arrives. Eight times a day to be exact. When they hear it coming, the slide their goods (which they have on rollers) back away from the track and fold the canvas back so that the train may stop to allow passengers to embark/disembark. Mr. Bourdain got off the train and tried some of the local street foods when he was visiting. There are all kinds of beautiful fresh vegetables and fruits available. Some of them were very familiar, some I had never seen before. The variety was mind boggling. This little lady is displaying the goods which she has brought to market for sale today from her own farm. When she has sold what she has brought, she will go home for the day.
See the little shark in the picture at right..it is favored here. There are also rays and numerous types of fish. Cost here is very inexpensive, as most of the locals shop here for their goods.
Another vendor beside her was selling rice crisps - kind of an extra light, flaky chip like thing - flavored in shrimp, crab or fish. I tasted all of them, and actually bought a bag of the shrimp crisps to consume later. They were very light, non-greasy and flavorful.
We had a wonderful time exploring the market, and it was still early in the day when we climbed back in with our driver to head for the next destination...a coconut processing area.
GOD BLESS - Peace, Love and Joy