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Nyaungshwe’s morning market

Posted date:  August 19, 2014

Several communities in the Inle Lake region play host to a revolving market. Once every five days, a particular town’s market will swell to several times its normal size, practically bursting with vendors, shoppers and exotic (and not so exotic) produce. Some of these markets are found at remote locations only generally accessible by foot or boat, while others take place in already established markets in bustling market towns.

Nyaungshwe, the town Myanmar’s Shan State that essentially functions as the gateway to Inle Lake, is an example of the latter. It has an already large, diverse market, but once every five days, it spills out beyond its usual walls, packed with exotically dressed Pa O and Danu shoppers, Shan-run food stalls and Burmese traders. Not surprisingly, given that the village is adjacent to Inle Lake, the wares include a huge selection of fish. But there’s also produce from the surrounding hills, lots of Burmese-style sweets, Shan-style noodles and savoury dishes, and housewares from China.

For images from Nyaungshwe’s market day, hit the play button above; click the button in the corner for full-screen mode and captions.

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4 Comments for Nyaungshwe’s morning market

What are the small fish used for in terms of the dishes?

It reminds me of the large variety of small fish we get in the markets in Kolkata.

The smallest ones often are deep fried with salt and turmeric, and eaten with daal and rice. Sometimes the smallest ones will also be used for making a sour curry usually with tamarind, or sometimes with raw mangoes, or other souring fruits like starfruit, amra (Thai Bai Makok).

The slightly larger ones are often made into fish curries with a variety of spice combinations – onion-ginger paste, mustard paste, turmeric-chili paste, or cumin-coriander paste.

I am not sure how small sized fish are used in southeast Asian cuisines.

superb shots – great moments and angles; an intricate and intimate celebration of Shan cuisine and food culture – yummy and inspiring!

Its hard to imagine Thailand’s wide variety of food. I went to Thailand years ago for vegetable carving seminar and really I was completely blown away!

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