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My Favorite Things – A Saturday Stroll Through New York’s Chinatown

New York City is a city of neighborhoods.  Leave one to enter another, and you feel sometimes like you’ve entered another city – or country!  Here are my photos from a recent stroll through the streets of Chinatown.  (Bring your appetite, but beware; some of these pictures aren’t for the faint of stomach!)

Help!  I need a translator!

Photo of many Chinese signs in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

And a tour guide!

Photo of fire escapes in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

My first stop is to check out these odd looking things…

Photo of prickly fruit displayed in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

Which I learn are known as the “King of Fruits” in Southeast Asia.

About Durian fruit, photo taken by Joana Miranda

(This lady is expertly carving out the pulp.)

Photo of lady carving the Durian fruit, taken by Joana Miranda

From there, I pass by the dried shrimp…

Photo of dried shrimp stand in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

And the butcher shop.

Photo of Chinatown butcher shop, taken by Joana Miranda

Hmm, should I make frog legs tonight…

Photo of bucket of frogs in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

Or buy some dried fish instead?

Photo of dried fish stand in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

I’ve never seen such a rainbow-colored selection of fish!

Photo of brightly colored fish in fish stand in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

(Obviously, they are REALLY fresh.)

Photo of jumping fish at Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

I remember seeing this type of long silvery fish being unloaded from a boat at a fish market in Portugal.  Wonder where these came from?

Photo of long silvery fish at Chinatown fish stand, taken by Joana Miranda

The catfish look menacing, so I pass them by…

Photo of big catfish at Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

As well as only stopping briefly to admire the sea snails.

Photo of large sea snails from Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

We’re both intrigued by the smaller snails (which I had once in Portugal and liked!)

Photo of girl playing with garden snails at Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

But the soft shell crab looks even better!

Photo of crate of soft shell crab at Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

Of course, I’d need to pair it with a nice vegetable…

Photo of purple eggplant, taken by Joana Miranda

(I’m not sure what these are, but they look good!)

Photo of big green bulbous vegetables, taken by Joana Miranda

I think he’s done with his shopping for the day…

Photo of elderly Chinese man sitting on a bucket, taken by Joana Miranda

Or perhaps he was overcome after seeing these…

Photo of bloody-looking fish, taken by Joana Miranda

(And these!)

Photo of fish heads at Chinatown fish market, taken by Joana Miranda

I’ve never seen mushrooms this big…

Photo of very large mushrooms seen at Chinatown market, taken by Joana Miranda

Or so many dried varieties either!

Photo of dried mushroom stand in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

Perhaps this combination would make a nice Greek salad…

Photo of long curly cukes and tomatoes, taken by Joana Miranda

And the peppers would add some heat.

Photo of curly hot peppers, taken by Joana Miranda

(He’s thinking about it.)

Photo of Chinese man sitting on fire hydrant, taken by Joana Miranda

Meanwhile, the fruit stands are a feast for the eyes.

Photo of colorful fruit stand in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

If you’re going to make it tropical, don’t forget the lychee nuts…

Photo of lychee nuts in Chinatown, taken by Joana Miranda

Or passion fruit!

Photo of passion fruit at Chinatown fruit stand, taken by Joana Miranda

And on your way home, pick up a CD of Chinese saxophone music and your evening will be complete!

Photo of Chinese street musician, taken by Joana Miranda

3 Comments

  1. Hi Joana,
    Nice shots!

    The “long silvery fish” it is nothing but “scabbardfish”. There are also the “black scabbardfish” that is cheaper but tastier. It is usually eaten fried with tomato rice. During the summer It is also very good grilled with butter sauce and fresh salad.

    http://peixeespadapreto.sesimbra.pt/filetes-de-peixe-espada-preto-com-arroz-de-tomate-e-milho-frito-com-banana/

    http://experienciasnacozinha.blogspot.com/2007/03/peixe-espada-frito-com-arroz-de-tomate.html

    http://www.saboresdeportugaleoutrossabores.com/2009/02/peixe-espada-grelhado.html

    http://www.madeirahelp.com/black_scabbard_fish_typical_dish_madeira

    Go back to Chinatown and buy one 🙂

    • Ola Pedro,

      I remember them being called “espada” now! The link titles are making my mouth water…I’ll definitely check them out. Thanks for sending them!

      Are you a fan of the “sardinhadas?” As much as I love fish, I didn’t like having to pick through so many little bones and skin when I experienced eating sardinhas with my Tia em Caparica. I also think I had the garden variety of caracois…amazing that I didn’t get sick!

      Ate logo,
      Joana

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