Monday, November 15, 2010

Andanté’s longing for exotic fresh food markets…

Over the weekend the fiancé and I served up a three course meal for my soon to be sister in law and her husband. The entire feast was inspired by dishes we learnt to cook or tasted while touring the East. We made deep fried Thai prawn and chicken golden bags as a starter, a Vietnamese beef fillet Hot Pot (with stock made from scratch and cooked for 8 hours!) for mains and grilled bananas in coconut milk for dessert.

The evening was wonderful and the food really tasted much like we’d remembered. The only problem with exotic dishes like these is finding the right ingredients (the Chinese Supermarket at The Wedge shopping center on Rivonia Road in Jhb was very useful), and that just made me long for the markets we’d visited, especially in Vietnam. All the produce is super fresh – most of the seafood is still alive when you buy it and we even saw a couple of prawns jump out of the buckets while we were walking around! The variety of fresh vegetables, noodles, rice, meat and fish is endless – I just wish we had something so inspiring here in Johannesburg!

Check out some of our pics from the Ben Than Market in Ho Chi Minh City:

They keep everything alive with air pumps

A snail escaped!

Beautiful crayfish 

Fresh herbs & spices

Live crabs all tied up

Variety of shellfish

Live Prawns

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