Monday, February 01, 2010
Sculptural vegetables: Dili's traditional market
Dili's traditional market is sort of like a small-town Indonesian market: a long wander down an alley lined with ramshackle stalls. Evil smells mingling with wonderful ones. Slimy stuff of uncertain origin underfoot.
But while Indonesians usually arrange the produce in large pyramids, in Dili they create single-portion sculptures, like these little towers of tomatoes.
These are stacks of seaweed. Behind them, the guy is holding a frozen chicken from Russia -- another thing you don't usually find in Indonesian markets.
Here are some nicely arranged betel leaves, sold for chewing along with betel nuts.
Mung beans and eggs -- I'm not sure what the connection is, but I like how they look together.
The tofu-seller wanted me to take a picture of his daughter (or wife?).