Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It was just a casual stroll through a market in the Central District in Hong Kong. We took the Turbojet from Macau to have a look-see to finish off our short holiday.
Market places never fail to engage any onlooker. For us, it was just like home to walk through an open air market. The place pulsates with human energy. Everything is happening at the same time - bargaining, picking the choicest of produce, the unrestrained calls of the vendors and the free banter among themselves,... the list goes on.
Hong Kong is famous for its gastronomic delights and looking at the array of variety in the sea food on display, I could only think of scrumptious prawn and fish dishes - garoupa, pomfret, king prawns, abalone, carp , mussels, clams - all cooked in delectable ways.
There were quite a number of vegetables which I have not seen back home. I guess they come from mainland China. I didn't have the time to take many pictures nor was I brave enough to speak the Cantonese dialect which I falter and slip at every word !! So, I just clicked away. I wasn't sure if the vendors would mind.
And I found it out all too soon. I came across a woman selling all kinds of bean curd produce - soft, hard towfoo, dried bean curd sticks , fried towfoo. Hmmm, interesting, I thought. Towfoo dishes cooked in so many ways is also an all time favourite of mine. Instinct told me she'd be a 'poor candidate' for the odd shot. Sure enough, a loud , angry ' HEYYYY!' stunned her customer. I jumped out of my skin (a little!) though I was half expecting it but went ahead. Well, just trying my luck!
Anyway,it was a pleasant walk through the market. It's no easy life out there as I saw these hard working people earning their honest way. It's long hours minding their own trade.
And daily they are there for the people who come for the freshest to cook the lovely meals for their dinner tables.To complete it all, there's fresh flowers to add gaiety to their table setting. So, grab some and hurry home. Dinner's cooking! Bon appetit!