The Khlong Toei Market is crowded with stores selling a wide variety of foodstuffs. Some sell chicken, some sell fish, and some sell shrimp. At this time, the store in front of me was selling a brown object and a green object. A woman wearing an apron was standing behind the two objects. The items had just been sold, and the woman was accepting the bill and paying it.
What she was selling was not clear to me. The brown ones were probably taro. Taro is also eaten in Thailand and called puak. On the other hand, I could not understand the green one next to it. At first, I thought it might be a fava bean, but it was a little different because it had something like a streak running through the center.
It seems that these beans are called Petai. It is not so common in Japan, but it is a major ingredient in Southeast Asia, including Thailand. It is said to have a strong odor similar to that of leeks and garlic, but I could not detect any such odor even when I was in front of a heaping pile of Petai. Maybe my nose was a little stuffy.
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