Photo(s) of the Day – Market
It’s been a cold, damp, dreary, gray day here in Liuzhou. It’s that time of year when everything gets wet and stays wet for a couple of months. I could have easily camped out on the sofa all day, wrapped in blankets with my remote in hand. Out of necessity I drug my sorry carcass to the market. I took a camera.
Here’s a shot of the north entrance. The place is a huge, dank maze. You can only see a small portion here. Once inside… it’s sensory overload. This time of year the smell is not so bad but during the summer the place gets ripe!
Open Air Market – Liuzhou, China
The most pungent part of the market is in the back-right corner where the the fish mongers do a brisk business. In Asia, folks waste little in the way of food. Fish is no exception, it’s everything but the bones. In much of China the head of the fish, especially the cheeks, are considered a delicacy. I haven’t gone there yet. I did have some fish head soup. Once.
Fish Head Soup Anyone?
As for not wasting anything, pork is the real champion here. EVERY part of this pig will be eaten with absolutely nothing wasted. Trust me, by the time I got these photos processed today somebody in Liuzhou was munchin’on that snout you see on the left there. Even pig face is commonly smoked and cured and consumed.
Watching some of these butchers dismember a pig is amazing. It’s hard to believe the dexterity, anatomical knowledge and speed! A Harvard med surgeon has nothing on this gal. Here you can see ribs, bacon, liver and various cuts of meat. I spared you some of the other organs. By the way, did you know a pig heart looks remarkably like a human heart? Just sayin’.
Of course you need to be able to spice things up. This little stall features everything you can imagine. She’ll grind it while you wait. Go ahead and insert your own joke here…
Images taken with an EOS Canon 5d Mark II and an EF 17 – 40mm f/4.0L USM lens. I shot on aperture priority mode, wide open at 4.0 and at 800 ISO.
So all you naysayers (Jo Ellen), that’s four days in a row. Off to cook some Chili. That should be interesting. First time for everything I guess.