Saturday morning at Tessaban Market, Udon Thani, Thailand

Up bright and early to catch the bus to Tessaban market with Tik…The bus was really busy with ladies all going to market and all very interested in this lady who they say was very beautiful…They wanted to know how long I had lived in Thailand, did I like it here and how old I was ?…Life history time…

A dull gloomy day here but ideal for shopping…What did I get today ? Some lovely fresh coconut and other vegetables my favourite snake beans, fresh mint and coriander and of course peppercorns …I just love fresh peppercorns they make a lovely sauce.

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I love the early morning market it is so vibrant and busy lots of lovely fresh produce…Today I bought some lovely fresh prawns some hand picked crab ( so much easier than picking out the crab claws) and an Issan dish  called Mok pla siw which means various small fish. they are cooked on a BBQ wrapped in a banana leaf with chilli, Thai basil and spring onion…Then eaten with sticky rice either on its own or as an accompaniment to other dishes…We had ours with Grapow Moo       

Which Tik made when we got home for our brunch.


What other goodies did I buy? A whole coconut for hubby as he likes to munch on fresh coconut… a whole one lasts him about 5/6 days…


The betel leaves and the fruit are for Tiks mum …Which is an age old tradition which old people do..although it is actually against the law…A blind eye is turned so if you are visiting here and see someone with very red lips and teeth it is the betel leaves and nuts which they chew/smoke …It is illegal as it makes you a tad high so they will also probably have a calm faraway look…But it is big business here…

I just love the choice and the different foods I see every time I go…Lots of fish..Thais love fish of all sorts steamed, BBQ, smoked or as pla… and many smiling faces all trying to sell me their wares one stop shopping at its best you can buy almost anything here… if you love browsing you would love it anyway  back to food shopping  and not forgetting the rice and man farang ( potatoes) which I needed…

That’s all for my trip down the market today… It is still pretty gloomy here no sign of the sun today…But I am pleased with my shopping lots of fresh food for a few days…

I hope you enjoyed my local shopping trip today and you will most probably recognise a few of the vegetables some which are eaten all over the world others which are not an Aladins cave full of fresh goodies.

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Enjoy your weekend , be happy and mindful and laugh a lot xx


17 thoughts on “Saturday morning at Tessaban Market, Udon Thani, Thailand

    1. Carol Post author

      It always is Tori I love the markets here always something new to discover as fruit and vegetables are sold in season …I love it!


    1. Carol Post author

      They are Sheryl… I just love them…I am at my happiest when I can just wander and drink in the sights and sounds and of course the beautiful fresh produce 🙂


  1. susieshy45

    Great post. Every day seems to be a holiday there. Time almost stands still. Who was the beautiful lady they were describing on the bus ?
    I love those snake beans myself- what recipe do you use them in ?
    A long time ago, when we were young, I read Enid Blyton books where the children often won a coconut at a coconut shy. Your comment that your husband loved eating fresh coconut reminded me of those books.

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    1. Carol Post author

      I am the beautiful lady Susie…I get told that all the time here a definite ego booster…lol.It is the blue eyes and the white skin and they don’t believe how old I am …I use snake beans in stir- fries or dum tam ( papaya salad they are used in many Thai dishes. I am pleased the coconut bought back childhood memories I love it when that happens to me …Enjoy your weekend, Susie 🙂

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      1. susieshy45

        I love the way you wrote, you are the beautiful lady and how matter of factly you accept that you are beautiful. Very few know how to accept a compliment and see it for what it is- genuine admiration. We use snake beans in stir fry( coconut oil, onions, coconut chips and green chillies for additional flavour). Susie

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      2. Carol Post author

        Beuty is in the eye of the beholder and I think as we get older we accept compliments so much better …That sounds nice, Susie using them as the main ingredient a vegetable stir-fry I will have to try it …Thank you 🙂

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