I've wandered many markets of the world – strolled through the souks of Morocco, roamed the rickety stalls of Phnom Penh's Russian Market and shopped for talismans at the Witches' Market in Bolivia's La Paz. Each one has its own personality, its style and charisma, its particular way of being. Each reflects the living culture and gives the sense of place better than any city tour ever could, in more depth than the destination's best museum.
So when I visited Tunga N'go market on my first morning in Luanda, I knew I had really arrived to Angola. Located near where I was staying, in the run-down but real-life neighborhood of Rangel, the market offered a glimpse into another world.
I have had funge, Angola's typical dish, many times in Portugal yet I had never seen how this manioc pudding is actually made. To see the women at the market grinding the manioc into the flour was fascinating, as was learning about the process of creating the staple that accompanies every traditional meal in Angola.
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