Here’s another thing I adore about Asian cooking and shopping: the stunning abundance of herbs. Bunches and bunches, piles and piles. Pictured above is what I bring home from an average trip to the market. Cilantro and green onions are often sold together. Mint and basil (Cheebwangkham always has at least three basil varieties available) are pre-bundled, tied with a natural-fiber string or rattan. It’s impossible to buy a small amount! Sometimes I make a jar of pesto. Sometimes I add mint to our pitcher of drinking water. And still, we have too much. What isn’t eaten ends up in our compost pile, eventually scattered around our plants.
By the way, the above assortment comes to 9 baht (less than 25 cents).