Travel Photo of the Week — Cockles & Mussels, Alive, Alive, Oh!

Posted by - April 12, 2012 | Category: Canteen

Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Shells, Clams, Cockles and Mussels for sale, Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

Who am I kidding? I don’t know a cockle from a clam. And I can barely identify a mussel from an oyster. All I can recall is that Molly Malone song from elementary school choir practice. But in my defense, I’ve confessed in the past that I am no foodie.

I still have to eat though.

Fresh Seafood for sale, Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

The Dinh Cau Night Market on the island of Phu Quoc in Vietnam is jammed with hawkers selling just about anything that creeped, crawled, or just came from the sea.

Prepared cockles, Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc Island Vietnam

Including sea urchins.

Sea Urchins, Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

And these clammy, shelly, cockle-y things.

Clams, Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

Cockle, clam, shell, or mussel -- Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

They even have just regular old fish if you’re not feeling that adventurous.

Frozen fish, Dinh Cau Night Market, Phu Quoc Vietnam

But I would still like to know what I ate.

Can you help a brother out?

If you know your way around a cockle (and I mean that literally Smile ), leave a comment below with what you know.

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31 comments - add one
  1. Wish I knew, Raymond. I remember cockles from the nursery rhyme, Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Remember that one?
    Anyway, you’ve got quite a colorful collection of seafood here.

      1. Yup!
        With silver bells and cockle shells
        And pretty maids all in a row.

        Actually, I had to check my sister as I was mixing up the lines. So, thanks to you, I now know how cockle shells look – hahaha!

  2. In the first photo I can identify snails and clams. Third photo looks like oysters. #4..sea urchins. I would say that the cockely looking things are clams:)The next photo looks like a snail. I have no idea what kind of fish those are. If I got anything wrong, somebody correct me, please 🙂

  3. Other than sea urchins I’m on no use whatsoever. And as much as I love a good meal I do like to know what I’m eating. I’ll take the fish please.


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