Friday night is our favourite time in Kamala, it's when the markets come to town. Set up on the outskirts of town, just out of walking distance you need to scoot there. It's hard to miss, about 5 pm the side of the road opposite Phuket fantasea is lined with scooters, the place is always packed. The make shift roofs just get strung between the coconut trees and any vehicle that's stationary for too long.
There's clothing, toys, house hold stuff and most importantly food. You know the market is still aimed at Thais as not many farang would be able to fit any of the clothing and there is some great food. We like is to get a few things from the stands then take it away and picnic somewhere. Our only problem is we always get too much, the reasoning behind that is well it's only here on Friday and we want to try as much as possible.
Our favourites are the khao klu kapi stand. Shrimp paste fried rice with a multitude of condiments. All the great Thai flavours on one plate, one of my all time favourite Thai dishes. Here the Sweet pork (muu wan) was replaced with sweet chicken as it was a Muslim stand but it's still delicious. You can find a nice recipe here.
Our other favourite was the naam prik stand. Naam prik being the name for relish, of which Thailand has many. Eaten as part of a meal and usually with vegetables fresh and cooked and other accompaniments. This stand had sixteen different types of naam prik and then along the front trays of different prepared vegetables so you could pick what you would like on the side of your relish. We picked up a nice naam prik pao (chilli jam) and a wicked hot naam prik goong (prawn relish).
There's some thing for every one here from kooky sushi to tooth hurtingly sweet Kanom buang, a crispy rice flour pancake with meringue,
Racks of marinated ribs and cockles
Deep fried chicken feet and carcases
Chicken on a stick
Sour and not so sour Sai Krop Issan and various grades of mango's
Icy drinks and salty caramel corn
Our picnic took place on our balcony at the Palms over looking the pool, not the most romantic of places but the weather wasn't so crash hot.
Why only once a week, why??
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