Number of tomatoes per heap increases each week, price steady at 50c/pile
Leafy greens are plentiful, with lettuce a hot favourite among the expats, but too expensive for the locals at 50c a bundle. Early season watermelons are expensive, lack flavour and are seedier than the back streets of Bangkok. Pumpkins on their way out, carrots just arrived, coming in at a costly
$1 per bunch.
Hand harvested sea salt virtually free.
Beans in abundance, but how many beans can one eat per week? Only 50c/bucket.
Small red chilli only for those with tolerant, or dead, tastebuds.
Spices by the cup or in painfully small packages, shrivelled ginger and balls of fresh tamarind,
20-50c each. Bugger it, just get the MSG it's cheaper.
Cold donuts with rank margarine and sprinkles, or deep fried dough balls with fluorescent sugar frosting, all going out at a bargain 5c each.
Triangles of tasteless glue and seaweed, useful for fixing surfboard dings or illuminating the dark,
Organic shallots for the patient cook who can be bothered skinning and chopping them, $1/tin.
Unidentified balls of boiled dead animal on a stick, price unknown. Limes steady at 4 for 50c, while bunches of kankung persist as the best value green, 50c/bunch.