Talking to my dad last night he asked me where I buy my fruit and vegetables. He obviously hasn’t been keeping up with my blog! I told him that I go to the wet market once a week to load up and spend very little.
So here’s what I do after visiting the market. If you’re squeamish or eating breakfast don’t read the next sentence. Because they use raw sewage for fertilizer produce needs to be washed in detergent made specifically for produce. They sell it in the States as well but I never used it. Never got sick either but I’m not taking the chance here. I have to be careful when I reach under the sink and make sure I don’t pull out the dishwashing detergent.
I load up the sink with water, pour in the detergent and in go the fruit and veg. The first time I did it it seemed strange. It’s a bit odd to see food floating in sudsy water, now it doesn’t make me stop and think I must be loosing my marbles. I swish everything around but I do pay particular attention to the lettuce. I make sure I take it apart and get in the nooks and crannies. It gets rinsed real well and on to the dish rack to dry.
The food pictured cost me about $6 and that doesn’t include the oranges that I bought . They don’t get cleaned because I don’t exactly eat orange rind. Pictured are peppers, carrots, a cucumber, scallions, broccoli, potatoes ( for some reason I didn’t think I’d be able to find them here), tomatoes, and those long green things that look like long green beans are called long beans. The first time I went to the market I bought them not knowing exactly what they were but was able to look them up and voilà! They are the beans that we love to eat. Haven’t cooked them yet with the chili paste that I bought but I will this weekend. I think a nutritionist would be proud based on the variety of colors.
10AM – 86 degrees