The Morning Market
Goes all day, but the morning is best
What we say:
People of all local ethnicities flock to snap up the freshest produce, the plumpest bird, the juiciest lizard -- many locals resplendent in their colourful traditional dress.
The produce covers the familiar and the unexpected, varying with the seasons: stuffed grilled frogs on a stick; dried buffalo skin to chew on; stuffed intestines; brightly coloured, sweet coconut jellies; and fried donuts, Lao-style; savoury and sweet. Wildlife is often available ready-to-cook.
Sadly, some of them are endangered species: wild cats, large rodents, rare birds, snails and other insects. Often, when a pig or a buffalo has been slaughtered, every part of its anatomy is for sale; the skin, the head, the ears, the teeth, the hoofs, the blood, the internal organs; even the juice that comes out of its intestines are all used for cooking. Definitely not for the squeamish.
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