Remember those days when, with basket in one hand and your Mother in the other, you went off to your local market? Of course, for many of us, the supermarket has taken the place of these local markets.
But you know what, here in Phnom Penh, this is still how many Cambodians shop. They walk to the closest local market and buy their daily supplies, fresh and coming from the local farmers whom you see deliver these in their mopeds.
So, yesterday, I started early and walked to the Kabko market close to where we stay. I have been here before but I always find it convenient to go to the supermarket. I usually do my shopping later in the day which makes it too hot to walk to the market and most of the sellers by that time have folded up or are asleep.
What's nice is, short though the walk is to the local market, it still gives me a chance to check out some of the shops on the way. This time, I went into a clohes shop and found that the clothes in there were made in Italy. No wonder the display was very attractive. I had fun browsing and seeing some of the latest designs.
As I approached the market, I immediately spotted the Lady from whom I buy fruits. Before, I bought from her some of the sweetest papayas. This time, another customer told me that she buys from her all the time because of the quality of her fruits.
I asked about a particular fruit which I did not recognize and the customer offered me one to taste. I hesitated as it has not been washed. Thank goodness, the seller immediately added a few for free to my purchase so I can try it. It made me feel a bit better.
From there, I decided to get some vegetables I have tried but not cooked and here are my purchases: squash leaves, squash flowers, and greens.
It was quite exhilirating for me having had, as a child, fun memories of trips to our market. It was exactly like this. Phnom Penh, though, is a much bigger city now but here in the local market you still see people engaging with each other, just being part of a community and going there often makes them take you in as one of them.
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Also, if you want more on Phnom Penh makrkets, click this link: Phnom Penh's Traditional Markets.
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