by now you probably wonder, is there anything else but fruits sold in the traditional market? :) well, of course there is. there are tons of other stuff. besides fruits and vegetables, people would go to the traditional markets to get fresh meat. unlike in the supermarket, here, the meat is not sold in packages. but as you can see at the picture above, the meat is hung and sliced as you request it.
you can get anything you want off the beef. skin, heart, brains, lungs, liver, tails, and of course, the meat. and yes, they do sell them all.. and there are always someone who's looking for these parts. in fact, ox tail soup is one of the most favorite dish here. beef brain curry is also a delicacy as well as fried lungs. sounds weird? well, it doesn't taste as bad as it sounds. makes you rethink of those crazy food they show on fear factor, doesn't it?
i guess, there are more to it than just a piece of steak out of the beef, don't you think? ;)
following yesterday's post, i'm showing the pictures i took on my visit to traditional markets. since i wouldn't want to post a picture of every tropical fruits i found, might as well share it all in one shot. i'm sure you've all seen the tropical fruits pictured above. these are the typical fruits you would find in the traditional markets in jakarta, cuz they are the fruits that grow abundantly in this part of the world. however, many of you may not seen it live, or even taste it.
all of them taste sweet and refreshing, perfect for the tropical hot & humid weather we have in this part of the world. we may eat them fresh, juiced, eat them with peanut sauce, make them a salad, whatever it is, they all taste wonderful.
just in case you don't recognize them, the above pictures -- starting from the top left, clockwise -- are papayas (in bahasa = "pepaya" / puh-pah-ya), guavas (in bahasa = "jambu klutuk" / jahm-boo cloo-took), rose apples (in bahasa = "jambu air" / jahm-boo ah-eer), and starfruits (in bahasa = "belimbing" / buh-limb-bing)
yesterday's post delivered a great opening on the traditional market series that i will do for the next few days. so be prepare on stuff you will find inside jakarta's traditional markets.
have you seen or heard this fruit pictured above? well, if you've lived in asia, you most probably have seen, heard, or might even tasted it. we call this fruit "salak
", or also known as the snakeskin fruit
. it can be found almost all over indonesia. and during its seasons, you will find it easily in any markets in jakarta.
the skin is actually pretty thin, but it can be pretty sharp sometimes. there are numerous of times i've cut myself when peeling it. :)