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Morning Visit to a Thai Food Market – Part 3, Seafood

Thai Seafood Stall

Seafood Stall

Speaking as a Western observer, more accustomed to shopping in a modern supermarket, the wide variety of foods available in your average Thai food market is simply stunning. Thais love food, and often say they “live to eat”, rather than “eat to live”. They love to experiment with cooking, trying out new ingredients and preparing them in new ways. This is evident in the great array of food stuffs available even in a local Thai market. For markets like this one located near the sea, squid and shellfish from both the river and sea are very popular along with a wide variety of ocean fish.

Fresh Squid

Fresh Squid

Fresh Shellfish

Fresh Shellfish

Fresh Prawns

Fresh Prawns

Prawns and shrimp of all sizes, from both the river and the sea are widely available throughout Thailand.

Sun-Dried Fish

Sun-Dried Fish

Sun-Dried Stingray

Sun-Dried Stingray

Sesame Seed Coated Sun-Dried Fish

Sesame Seed Coated Sun-Dried Fish

Sun-dried fish is available everyday, with many different types on offer. It is eaten simply deep-fried until crispy as an accompaniment to a Thai meal or as part of a dish, like Thai Mango Salad. You can find our recipe here or buy dried squid to try your hand at cooking dried fish.

If you love fish, you will find many easy Thai seafood recipes in our collection, including our latest addition Thai Fish Steamed with Chili and Lime (Plah Neung Manao) here. If you are also a concerned citizen of the planet, be sure to get the frequently updated Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Recommendations, which can be downloaded for your mobile device or printed out for carrying in your wallet.

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