For sure, there is no shortage of markets in Bangkok! There are food markets, of course, but also flower markets, weekend markets, night markets, floating markets, and basic street markets! I will try to blog about several different markets throughout our stay.
A few weeks ago, after moving into our neighborhood, we took the Skytrain just two stops over to check out a popular food market. A morning at Or Tor Kor Market, supposedly the 4th best fresh food market in the world, is a fantastical bombardment on all five senses! It is located across the street from the rather famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (more on that in another post) and is often missed by tourists (including Bill). It was such fun walking up and down the aisles recognizing some but not all of the fresh fruits, veggies, fish, and animal parts!
And the huge stacks of garlic heads, Thai peppers, and dried tiny shrimps were amazing!
Of course, there were also food stalls offering a variety of fresh-to-order entrees. We opted for a seafood omelet with shrimp, mussels, and oysters cooked in a pan big enough for me to sit in. I only wish I could describe or better yet send a scratch-and-sniff of the different smells emanating from the aisles, to really give you a sense of the market.
After completely satiating our senses and our stomachs, we thought about visiting the flower market next door, but decided to save it for another day. Bill had already been given two free orchids at the Or Tor Kor Market, and our balcony is not that big! Before leaving though, Bill made a quick pit stop and was grinning when he came out of the men’s room. He wanted to show me a pic of the urinal (TMI); turns out that there were a handful of kaffir limes in it to keep it nicely scented??! For those of you who don’t already know, Bill won second place at the NC State Fair for his homegrown kaffir limes (in the unusual fruit category). He was delighted to find yet another reason to continue his pampered treatment of the little tree. I’m just hoping he doesn’t remember this refreshing trick by the time we return home!
If we ever decide to start cooking in our apartment, this market will be our go-to place for everything we need, from food and cookware to spices and homemade sauces. Whole Foods will have to kick it up a notch when we return!!