48 hours in Darwin

On a short trip to Darwin to see my mother for her 80th birthday I visited the suburb of Parap for its famous Saturday morning market for breakfast and bought this bunch of Curcuma, a ginger flower that is often shorter than its foliage.

Garnishes and other combinations ready to take away

I could not resist the Cambodian pancakes cooked in cast iron pots

Pork and prawn rice paper rolls, I found a spot to sit and eat this for breakfast

My take away Som Tum - papaya salad made to order

Pho stall but I just could not eat hot soup for breakfast this day

Working on rice paper rolls in the background

This was one of the most popular stands, big chunks of tropical fruit in the glass containers go in fruit smoothies

Compare the prices with Brisbane bananas

Ugly bins for beautiful flowers

Hot pink dragonfruit and fresh coconuts are never in short supply in Darwin

Japanese food gets a look in although it is in the minority here

Hot pink Anthuriums

Cheap green papaya for Som Tum, the salad loved by Thai, Laotians and Cambodians and Australians!


  1. #1 by Di Archos on March 27, 2012 - 11:19 pm

    Great post Roz… such amazing ginger plants. Talk soon. xDi

  2. #2 by Debra Kolkka on March 28, 2012 - 6:52 am

    We loved our time in Darwin. If it wasn’t so hot there I would love to spend more time there.

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