Every 7 to 10 days, I grab my backpack and head to the fresh market (Chat Chia) about 3/4 of a mile away. Since it’s on the way, this morning I also stopped at the Water Department to pay my monthly bill – 45 baht (about $1.25).
The market is in the center of the older area of Hua Hin, and has been operating for decades. I don’t usually bring my camera to the market when I shop, but here are some previous photos.
The market is a kaleidoscope of color and smells, narrow walkways punctuated by motorbikes cruising through with loads of vegetables. One area is for seafood, and while Hua Hin is a beach town, much of the seafood is brought in from elsewhere. While cheap by U.S. standards, the fresh seafood here is not inexpensive. In fact, I’ve found it much cheaper to buy frozen fish fillets and shrimp at the Makro market. The quality is still good and the convenience much better. But it’s still interesting to walk around to see what is available.
After selecting my usual mix of potatoes, tomatoes, greens, lettuce, cukes, I packed up and headed back, but my second goal of the morning was still to come.
One of the highlights, for me, of visiting the morning market is the selection of street food vendors you can find all around the 2-block square area. I usually try to find something for lunch and for snacks when I’m there.
My favorite vendor, who sells roast duck and rice (photo above) has not been in his usual spot my last two visits (I hope he’s OK), so I decided to stop at a small stall halfway back home that sells Thai bread and dumplings. At the market, you can also find fried chicken, grilled sausages and pig intestines, a variety of pastries, dried fish, and a number of items I can’t even put names to.
The small loaf of bread I bought was soft, sweet and delicious. I chose a chocolate-flavored one for 10 baht, but they also come in fruit and meat flavors. Excellent with my coffee when I returned.
The dumplings are filled with spicy pork, chocolate, mango, or other ingredients and then steamed in large pots. I chose 3 pork-filled for 25 baht (80 cents). With a little sweet-and-sour chilli sauce, they should make a nice lunch.