To give a short background, you have to know I am maarte. As in nuknukan. Hindi na kailangan sabihin because everybody knows that. I never went to a wet market before because I am scared of all that poor, butchered cows and pigs. I pity all those wide eyed fishes on the table. I cannot look at all that intestines hanging from wherever. I despise the talsik that my legs get from the muddy water on the floor. And I get really irritated with all that shouting.
But after bringing home almost spoiled meat and not fresh fishes from the air conditioned supermarkets too many times, I decided to give the wet market a try and I am loving it there ever since =)
Thanks to my MIL who taught me the ins and outs of the La Huerta Wet Market. She introduced me to her sukis. She has one for meat, chicken, fish and veggies. She didn't need to teach me how to make tawad because I have mastered that art from shopping in tiangges. She taught me how to know if the product is fresh and how to pick the right vegetables. After a few hits and misses with what to buy, Fleur the Palengke Queen was born.
Anyways, two weeks ago before the holy week vacation, I brought with me one of my best friends to teach her and hubby how to shop in a wet market. I'll let the photos do the talking.
|Welcome to the La Huerta Wet Market!|
|This is my best friend Janis and her hubby Mark. Wet market virgins. Hehe.|
|Fishes here are fresh and cheap. This boneless bangus costs Php 120 only.|
|Me and Janis at the fish section. Pardon my look. That is my palengke get up. We bought a lot of fish because it was going to be holy week and it's not nice to eat meat until Easter Sunday.|
|Fresh oysters and mussels! Yum yum!|
|When you're going to a palengke, you should have a bayong like this. You're OP (out of place) there if you're not carrying this.|
|Check out the boots of one of the tinderas. Very fasyon with the animal printed boots!|
|Fresh fishes in all shapes, sizes and color!|
|ME: Mare, ilan ba kumakain sa inyo?|
JANIS: Kaming 2 lang ni Mark plus si Jam and si Ate
ME: Eh bakit parang namamakyaw ka ng isda? Holy week ang parating ateh, hindi fiesta! Pakain na nga lang kami ni Alvin sa inyo!
|Fresh chicken. When you touch it, you can still feel that it's warm.|
|And here are their heads.. (Off with their heads!!!)|
|Meat everywhere!!! Name any part of the animal, I think they sell it.|
|The "billing". Hahaha!|
It's really more sulit to do palengke rather than buying in the grocery. The products are fresh and cheaper somehow. Yun nga lang. You have to go past the noisy crowd, the smell, the faceless heads of the cows and the haggling.
It's fun! Try it! =)