There are sixteen photos in the slideshow above, all taken this morning at the morning market on 安居街 Ānjū Street in my new neighborhood in Taipei.
As you can see from the photos, the regular neighborhood market in Taipei is spectacular; all the food looked extremely fresh; from the mountains of garlic, to the clear-eyed fish lying on beds of ice, to the chickens and geese getting cleaned right at the counter. There were some amazing deli stands, filled with different kinds of fishcakes; another guy had giant bowls of spectacular-looking salads. Bundles of herbs, mountains of vegetables, big bowls of little clams.
I stopped to gawk when a man ordered a brick of jiggly black jelly; I think it was tea. The vendor took the brick and forced it through a grill, giving the man instant cubes in a big plastic bag. I saw another lady making lumpia skins on a comal; rolling the masa onto the surface and pulling away, leaving the thinnest, most perfectly round layer.
It’s hard to explain all the things at the morning market, but it makes me want to cook!