Local Market

My flatmate is a brilliant cook. I admit, my awe of other people’s cooking-abilities is influenced by my complete lack of imagination when it comes to making foreign dishes. Or any kind of dish for that matter. But still. She’s educating me in the ‘art of cooking’. When we’re not out eating insanely cheap Chinese food from a street restaurant in our neighborhood, we turn on our rice cooker and heat up the wok. We stock up on meat from the Carrefour at the beginning of the week, but the vegetables that accompany our mǐfàn (white rice) are bought from the little local markets that are dotted around the area. Walking around these markets has been one of my favorite experiences so far. Shopping here is completely different from shopping at the Albert Heijn or Tescos, where everything comes pre-washed, packaged, and labeled. Here, 5 different types of crabs claw at you as you walk past, fish squirm and flip out of their pails, shrimp flop up and down the boards they’ve been dumped on, and living snakes are curled up in wire cages. There is no such thing as ‘free-range’ or organic, as chickens and ducks are stuffed in cages, ready to provide fresh eggs or be plucked once bought. I have no idea where the vegetable and fruit comes from, nor do I know what half the stuff is that we buy. So far, however, it’s all been delicious. And unbelievably cheap.

It’s safe to say that even cooking here is an adventure. I quite fancy becoming the next Jamie Oliver/Gordon Ramsey (but then less teary eyed and nicer). So, time to experiment some more and practice my Chinese with the local vendors at the same time!


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Comments: 5

  1. rik 23 September, 2012 at 4:07 pm Reply

    Erg mooie foto’s, wat een kleuren. Maar Reneé, ik houd het toch liever bij de Appie hoor. Zo te lezen gaat ‘t prima met je. Vind het knap dat je je zo ver weg, zo snel, zo goed weet te redden/ vermaken.

    • Renee 26 September, 2012 at 10:16 am Reply

      Dank je lieve Oom :D Hé wat vreemd, heb je geen zin in slangen-bloed of padden-vlees?! Ze verkopen het hier allemaal hihi

  2. Monique Van Diemen 24 September, 2012 at 9:01 am Reply

    geweldige foto’s, heerlijk om dat weer te zien! enne, je Jamie Olivier honing-kip was erg lekker hoor!!! Dus ben benieuwd wat je ons de volgende keer voorschotelt!

  3. Alice 27 September, 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Ik geniet! Van je verhalen en van de foto’s. China is een fantastisch land. Geniet van je tijd daar. Hier in NL begint het nat en guur te worden, maar ach, daarna komt de winter :-)

    • Renee 29 September, 2012 at 11:50 am Reply

      Dank je wel, ben blij dat je het leuk vind :D Hier nog steeds lekker warm en zonnig, nog geen teken dat de winter eraan komt! Heeeeerlijk haha

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