I love Thai food, but there is a genre of it that relies heavily on what I would call 'fishy flavour' (not to mention the aroma!). These dishes are not generally my first choice. I guess it's what you would call an acquired taste as the Thais love it. Dried fish and squid are considered great snacks and are eaten like potato chips.
The little fish we saw being processed at this seaside location are a kind I have often seen Thais eat as snacks and in som-tam (green papaya salad).
We didn't find anyone who spoke more than a few words of English. Things were explained to us in gestures, pointing, and lots of smiling. This blog is not a thorough representation of small-fish-processing-in-rural-Thailand, but I thought it would be fun to share what we saw.
The fish arrive by the basket-load in the back of pickup trucks.
It was an interesting afternoon. This is far from a usual tourist spot and I think the workers had fun with us too.
Although I have not acquired a taste for these smelly little guys, I have a new appreciation for how much effort goes into each bag.