Just as soon as we arrived at Erica’s parent’s house in Guilin, we immediately took off to the market to get some vegetables and fish to cook for dinner. This was my second time in a Chinese market and I was looking forward to the experience; I’ve always thought that the bright fruits and vegetables make for lovely color photos.
Walking through the entry of the market, I noticed the large woks of cooked dog meat (left side of photo above) that were offered for sale. Yes, they eat dog in China and it does take some getting used to.
Erica and Curry acted as our translators and helped us to communicate with some of the locals at the market. I tried again and again to shoot some photos but most of the locals were just too shy. It made me wonder if the old days under the more “stern” government still lingered in the minds of some of the older people?
Erica posed with some mushrooms for my photo and then we selected some for our dishes. After the long drive I was really looking forward to this early dinner!
While the locals did mind me taking photos of their faces, they seemed ok with me shooting their tables covered in vegetables or in their work activities. In this photo a woman is taking peas out of their pods.
Again I saw some ginger and made sure to get a shot. Ginger is quite popular in China and I often mistook it for Ginseng. I’m not sure what the root is on the left…?
As Erica and Curry negotiated some prices, I shot some photos from my waist. Most of them were level or too high or too low but this one caught some locals unaware – a husband and wife team working their stand. The husband is weighing a bag on a scale and the wife is measuring and bagging some vegetables.
Ah, and finally the produce and vegetables. Even for my silly little Sony Cybershot camera the colors seem to pop. In this first picture, a grand pile of red hot chilli peppers.
And here we have some tomatoes, beets and red peppers.
Anya was quite happy when she found her favorite: eggplant. I had never liked eggplant, or so I had tought. The Guangxi style of fried eggplant loaded in garlic really is “to die for.” If you ever make your way to this part of China, do be sure to try it out.
There were bags and bags of all kinds of beans, fruits and vegetables of all kinds, and it was all fresh fresh fresh! I really came to appreciate the Chinese cooking and the taste of the food and its freshness.
When we finally made our way to the fish part of the market, there were dozens of barrels and tanks full of every sort of fish imaginable. As the vendor swung the net to “thump” the fish against the concrete, Anya covered her ears and closed her eyes. I always got a chuckle out of that.
We passed by the pork area and met Erica’s uncle and mother. They run a pork counter and were doing a lively business. Anya kept her distance as she wasn’t too keen on the raw meat but I hung around and chatted with Erica translating.
Some days later we were told that our visit was the talk of the market and a week later people were still talking, “Did you know that Westerners visited this market last week?”
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