5 Local Food Markets in Asia You Should Visit – Suggested by Locals

Don’t just eat like a local, learn how to prepare and cook like a local too. Visit Local Food Market is one of the way. 🙂

1. Or Tor Kor Market- Bangkok, Thailand

Or tor kor market

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Why you should go: This market has its best products from around Thailand. The price can be a little bit more expensive than others, but the high quality is the essential decision. You can find food shops inside the markets, and taste the special flavours all around Thailand- one stop food shopping. Or Tor Kor Market open everyday from ^am to 8 pm and located next to Chatuchak Weekend market.

2. Donghuamen Night Market- Beijing, China

Donghuamen night market


photo credit: Ignacio Izquierdo

photo credit: Ignacio Izquierdo

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Photo by beggs

Why you should go: This vibrant & bustling night market is located just off Wangfujing Street & it is a zoo of weird and interesting food & street snacks. Uighur Lamb skewers, Snakes, Grasshoppers, Starfish, Corn on the cob, Smelly doufu, Fried hearts & kidneys, Squid, Turtles, Frogs, Stuffed breads, Live seafood, Fried pancakes, Candied fruit, Scorpions on sticks. It seems you lost in paradise of street food in Beijing.

3. Tsukiji Fish Market- Tokyo, Japan

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Photo by Shielsians

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Tsukiji Fish market 2

Why you should go: Tsukiji Fish market is a large wholesale market for fishes, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It’s the most famous of over then wholesale markets which handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Visiting this market is one of good ways for you to understand how Japanese people do business 🙂 and also taste the best of sashimi here in the morning.  It is scheduled to move to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016.

4. Noryangjin Fish Market- Seoul, Korea

Noryangjin Fish Market

Noryangjin Fish Market in the morning

A fishmonger (R) yawns as she stands at her stall in the Noryangjin Wholesale Fish Market in Seoul early on July 4, 2013. Established in 1927, the Noryangjin Fish Market runs 24 hours a day and is the largest in Seoul. Selling flounder, sea bass, rockfish, king crab, abalone, octopus and oysters, among others, the market supplies most of the Seoul capital area which encompases the Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province to form the world's second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people. Buyers spend almost one million US dollars daily attending raucous early morning auctions that pit wholesale buyers against each other as they vie for the days catch. A popular tourist destination, visitors can select fish which is then prepared, to be eaten raw, by various restaurants flanking some 700 stalls. On July 2 the Korean National Assembly amended its fisheries law to help curb illegal fishing by increasing penalties to a maximum of three times the value of the fish caught. AFP PHOTO / Ed JonesEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images

PHOTO / Ed JonesEd Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Why you should go: Noryangjin Fish Market is the best place in Seoul to get fresh seafood at competitive prices. The market is both a wholesale outlet, trading in daily catches that arrive from every possible location, and also a retail market, where the public can get seafood at very low prices. Moreover, there are many restaurants lining the market which serve hoe (raw fish) so you can enjoy fresh hoe while visiting. The market is easily reached since it is conveniently connected to the subway station.

5. Tan Dinh Market- Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 

Tan Dinh Market

Tan Dinh market from outside

Tan Dinh Market 2

Vietnamese various desserts

Why you should go: Head up Hai Ba Trung just past the pink church, look to your right, and you’ll find Tan Dinh. You’re not really here to buy souvenirs or clothes, but to experience a genuine suburban Saigon wet market, local foods, desserts and especially chatting with local vendors. This is where the local housewives come to do their daily shop and stop for a gossip with their neighbours, making it a really “Vietnamese” experience. Head out back & you’ll find some good food stalls too.

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