11 In Cambodia

Cambodia: The Market

Lychee

The markets in Cambodia blew us away, with their wide array of ingredients and bustling atmosphere! “Local” produce in Cambodia takes on a whole new meaning, with tropical fruits we’d never seen before – lychee, dragonfruit, mangosteen – as well as the more standard favorites – mango, pineapple, and coconut.

Dragonfruit

Mangosteen (our favorite!)

Vendors lay out their wares on blankets…

…including fresh fish and shell fish, some literally flopping around waiting to beheaded and scaled! Now that’s fresh.

You also can get fresh meat, butchered right before your eyes. We passed on that one.

At every turn, there was a new ingredient, sound, or smell!

We went to the market a few times in Battambang to get ingredients for cooking at the Green Mango Café. We found you could find many of the vegetables you’d find at an American market (tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, peppers), but lots of other special ingredients used in Cambodian and Southeast Asian cooking, like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, and bird’s eye chilies.

We’ll miss the ready access to these ingredients, though we do have some great international markets here in town…and we’re excited to try growing lemongrass in our garden!

Stay tuned for next week for more on Cambodia, including a recap of our time cooking at the Green Mango Café!

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Other posts in the Cambodia series:
Overview
At the Green Mango Café
The Daughters Project
Snapshots
How We Are Doing
How You Can Help
Wrap Up
Recipe: Vegetable Spring Rolls

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicki
    April 6, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Markets are my absolute favorite places to visit while traveling! Excited to see the rest of your photos! :-)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

      Us too! Thanks — we’re excited to finally have gotten through most of them :)

  • Reply
    Goda
    April 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Oh the colors!! Beautiful photographs! I can almost smell the fish :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

      Thank you! Yes, it was rather pungent :)

  • Reply
    Courtney Jones
    April 6, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Beautiful :)

  • Reply
    Suzanne Perazzini
    April 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    Your photos bring back lovely memories of Cambodia – as you say, the sights, smells and sounds are so vibrant. And the people are so genuine and friendly. I loved the country.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

      We did too! We heartily agree about the people and country. When did you go?

  • Reply
    leaf (the indolent cook)
    April 7, 2012 at 12:53 am

    So vibrant! I love markets. I’ve never been to Cambodia, but I’m familiar with that kind of scene (grew up in Southeast Asia). Those fruits, the seafood… makes me feel at home!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 7, 2012 at 9:28 am

      Oh, wonderful! Where are you from?

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    Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic}
    April 7, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Love the pictures! As someone else mentioned, going to the local market is always on my list of favorites when traveling. It is a great way to see the heart of a culture instead of the side they show to tourists. Beautiful!

  • Reply
    Vicky
    April 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Market photos are gorgeous. So many bright and vibrant colors!

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