I am amazed by the markets in HCMC.
If you Google “markets” about 10 show up. The problem with Google or any trip app for that matter is that they do well with the stuff on the bean path, but once off that path, fuhgeddaboudit.
Therefore, even the reviews must be read with “a grain of salt”.
I’ve thought about writing this post for a long time. Just remember that the key to live successfully in a different culture is to accept what is, as is. Every place I’ve ever lived has advantages and disadvantages compared to somewhere else.
Vietnam is no different.
Vietnam has really grown on me. The people are so very nice, curious and so very hard working.
On this trip to the market, Trinh (pronounced “din”) was looking for pork chops and some squid.
A few things that stand out:
- I see you bugs or flies, ever. Maybe Agent Orange did them all in, but will so much meat hanging, I’ve never seen even one fly.
- Trinh touches and feels closely anything she is interested in. I realize the first step in her fantastic cooking is the selection and preparation.
- Any place you can walk, a bicycle can go, anyplace a bicycle can go, a motorbike can go.
- products, produce from China is plentiful and is usually less expensive; but is avoided whenever possible.
- Fish and shellfish need to be brought early in the day, from 06:00 to 10:00, not after.