Mangaluru: Want your wish for your favorite fish to be on your dish, then head on to Farangipete, in the outskirts of Mangaluru, where the vendors at a road side mini fish market located on the busy Mangaluru-Bengaluru national Highway (NH 48), will satisfy your search for the best and fresh sea catch of the day. There are fishes of all kind of varieties-you name it! And they are all fresh and much cheaper than what you find at Mangaluru Central Fish Market.
Although much of the fish that is sold here are transported from Mangaluru Fish Dock-Bunder, but you will find many varieties here that you’ll not find in city markets, and the fish is fresh and cheap. Looking at the all the fishes that are spread on the counter, you will be wondering which one to buy, because every one of them look good. You can linger at the fish monger. It can all be quite a bit to take in. You’ll forget what species are sustainable and “good” to buy. And you dither about how to cook them. Recently, though, I decided to mount my monger meandering and learn a little more about what which fish to buy, and he helped me out.
Once you enter this road side fish market, the chaotic environment and the pungent smell you just can’t ignore-that’s the scene at this market pretty much every day. Not that you can’t buy these fish in Mangaluru, but people travel all the way from city to Farangipete to get the best deal and good fish. Also people don’t want to put up with all the argument with the local fisher-women here in the City, who inevitably turn abusive if you start to bargain about prices with them. But the vendors, all men, at the Farangipete fish stalls are very courteous, friendly, jovial, – and they even clean the fish if you request them for free, without any hassles. And above all, they won’t abuse you during times of bargaining.
People come to this market from far and near- and many a times you will run into folks that you know in Mangaluru. The best time to visit this market is during afternoon or early evening when you can get pretty good deals. Like on Wednesday afternoon the prices of fishes were as such- Anjal (Seer or King fish)-Rs 230-250/kg; Pomfret- Rs 280-300/kg; Bondas (Squid)- 100-120/kg; Red Snapper-Rs 100-120/kg; Sardines- Rs 75-80/kg; Mackerel-Rs 90-100/kg; Yeri- Rs 140-150/kg; prices of prawns varied depending on the size, but quite reasonable than Kudla. No matter which fish you wanted to buy, the prices are within your budget!
We all know that Mangaluru is very famous for its seafood? But at the same time when you want to buy them locally they are very expensive at the fish markets. But a little travel distance of 16-17 kms from Mangaluru , you’ll experience the arrival of the tasty fish, the delicious prawns, crabs, King fish (Anjal), Silver fish, Mackerel, Pomfret, Sardines etc at Farangipete mini fish market- and for the price you pay for the fish you buy, is worth your travel there. You can see and hear people bargain, sometimes arguing, it is a spectacle that shouldn’t be missed. You can get an insight of different kinds of fish, the vendors behind the stalls and life of people in that area. So next time you plan on buying fish at bulk, head on to Farangipet Mini Fish market- where you’ll find the best, fresh fish at unbelievable bargain price.
Also Read Related Article: