Yesterday day I went to the Chin Haw Market in Chiang Mai…and I loved every second. Set-up next to the local mosque, the market starts in the wee hours (6am) and packs up at around noon hour. You can probably buy just about anything here. Locals seem to come for the fresh produce, and local “fast food”. Two of my finds (with the help of a friend) were the opium milk (gasp) and red rice wine. I had to buy a bag of each for research purposes 🙂
This morning (I know, can’t understand why I didn’t rip open the bag the minute I got back to my room) I cautiously opened the opium milk. Snff, sniff…smells like milk; not as white as regular milk. Almost holding my breath, I took a swallow…welllll…………not too bad; a little sour. Not something I could drink daily, but I think one could acquire a taste. I’m sure you’re all wondering if I got HIGH………..I only sipped a little so NO, and I was assured by my friend that the stuff would not put me into LALA Land. Apparently this is the milk produced after the water buffalos eat the poppy stalks after harvest. I’m not sure what it is used for, and hopefully Ms. Goggle can come up with an answer someday soon.
Now for the red rice wine, and you’re probably thinking red wine in a bottle made from rice…NOT EXACTLY. You buy this in a plastic bag (sound familiar). The rice is red and sitting in liquid. Cautiously opening the bag, I immediately was hit with the pungent odor of, what else?…WINE. A sample proved that indeed the rice does taste like wine. Again, not sure what this is used for. Ms. Goggle will be working overtime later today or tomorrow!
This is just a touch of what the Haw market offers. I will be back with a more in depth post just as soon as I stop gallivanting all over Chiang Mai!
Now, what should I do with my research samples??