February 2015 - Cai Be Vietnam
On our fabulous Mekong river cruise we made a stop in the town of Cai Be. I wrote about our day at the market here and the fun time we had trying to shop in a foreign language on a budget.
I absolutely love visiting food markets around the world!!! The smells, the exotic, the mundane and especially these lovely women.
This one seems to sell everything you could need.
Here are more photos from the fabulous market *warning - not for the faint of heart*!!
The market is set on the side of a busy street so you had to have your wits about you as motor scooters darted in and out of the crowd.
The rich fertile earth of the Mekong delta makes this the "rice bowl of the country".
Vietnam is the second-largest rice exporter in the world (after Thailand).
Vietnamese food has been influenced by French colonization, which began with missionaries arriving in the eighteenth century and didn't end until 1954. Banh mi foundation is a crusty French baguette and the insides are often slathered with meat paste, But the Vietnamese have taken this sandwich and made it entirely their own with grilled pork fillings, fish patties, sardines, cilantro, chili-spiced carrots and daikon.