I went to the wet market on Monday. I needed a lot because now that I have my kitchen all set up there are no more excuses to go out for dinner, at least during the week.
I took my “little money” because the vendors don’t really appreciate being handed a 100RMB for something that costs 4RMB. I don’t blame them. 100RMB is equal to about $16 and 4RMB is equal to about 65¢. My dad asked me about the money in China so in the future I will do a post about it.
I bought: 5 large tomatoes, 2 red peppers, 1 English cucumber, small head of broccoli and cauliflower, big bunch of scallions, 4 apples, bunch of seedless grapes that were imported from California which means I paid way too much for them but they are fantastic, snow peas that were curly, 2 cabbages, 2 small heads of romaine lettuce, 3 carrots, 1 bulb of garlic, and cherry tomatoes. I went to 4 different vendors. They are very sweet and like to choose the best produce for me and they really do choose the good stuff. I guess it makes them feel better about charging me more. I was done in about 20 minutes. I saw a woman buying live shrimp, hopefully for dinner that night because you can’t get much fresher than that. I mean they have fish swimming in tanks so why not live shrimp? I think the next time I will buy some. Guess how much it all cost?
I don’t even have everything photographed that I bought. $12. That’s right $12! I pay more than a local so I can only imagine how much I’d save if I had an ayi (household helper) and sent her to do the shopping. Which will never happen because I love the wet market. After I got home I had to spend about 45 minutes washing everything and putting it away but it’s worth it. The fruit and vegetables are so delicious. Just look at the colors!