Friday, January 25, 2013

NYC Chinatown Markets

Chinatown is just one of the many little neighborhoods that makes up NYC. It offers a variety of unique experiences. There were many, many open air produce markets all along the sidewalks and they were all quite busy. While we know what pineapple is we had never seen it peeled in such a decorative way.
Mangosteen had a segmented white fleshy sweet inside. 

This is Dragonfruit which is a strikingly beautiful color but we found it to have a moist but disappointingly bland flavor, full of tiny seeds similar to a kiwi.
 Rambutan, above, is a lychee-like fruit.  After peeling and finding the seed there was a moist sweet "eye ball" like fruit inside.  The group ate quite a few of these.

Sugar Cane was readily available and they would use the cleaver to cut it down for you.
 Cedar was struck by the meat markets and the King Crabs, the Alligator arms, the live frogs and other unidentifiable  meats.  The small town kids had large eyes from the sights, not to mention the smells and the sounds.  Although hesitant to have lunch in Chinatown, served family style on a large lazy Susan, they later admitted it was really good.


relevanttealeaf said...

This looks like such a fun place to visit. I've been looking for a Chinese Rattan Tea Cozy [basket] and I'll bet it was there somewhere in Chinatown.

Angela McRae said...

What fun! I think I would have tried everything but the live frogs!

Linda at Friendship Tea said...

You are putting me in the mood to go back to NYC.

Marilyn said...

I hope when I go to San Francisco's Chinatown I find a market such as this. I just love mangosteen's, but never see them here.

Bernideen said...

So many things - I know now of...have been to china town in San Fran but no farmers market. What an adventure.

lemonverbenalady said...

I think it's wonderful for the kids to see and eat from other cultures. Thanks for sharing your adventures! xxoo Nancy