Slideshow: Snapshots from Hong Kong: A Tour of Mongkok Wet Market

Loads of lotus roots
Loads of lotus roots

Lotus root—the stem of the lotus plant—has a satisfying crunchy and tender texture. For more background info and recipe ideas, check out these Seriously Asian and Grocery Ninja posts.

The rest of the vegetable stand
The rest of the vegetable stand

White radish, peppers, corn, green beans, snow peas, gai-lan, leeks, carrots, and more.

More vegetables
More vegetables

Watercress, choy sum, mustard greens, baby bok choy, and more.

Eggs
Eggs

Two sizes of eggs sold in groups of ten or five.

Ginger
Ginger

Sold by weight and by piece.

Water chestnuts
Water chestnuts

Not a nut but a crunchy corm.

Dried orange peel
Dried orange peel
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh mushrooms

Enoki, king, oyster, beech, and more.

Dried oysters
Dried oysters
Dried fish
Dried fish
Fresh pork
Fresh pork
Fresh beef
Fresh beef
Frozen meat shop
Frozen meat shop

You'll find many frozen meat shops as well as fresh.

Fresh fish
Fresh fish

Where are the heads? Right over here...

Fresh fish heads
Fresh fish heads

Yup, they're fresh. The photo doesn't show it, but the nerves are still firing. Watch 'em move here.

Fish display
Fish display

Each fish is pre-priced for your convenience. Styrofoam price tags keep the prices afloat in the bowls of live fish.

Shellfish
Shellfish

Various kinds of lobsters, bivalves, prawns, and more.

Turtles
Turtles

According to my guide, Michael, turtles aren't that common at wet markets, but we spotted at least one vendor.

Roast meat shop
Roast meat shop
Noodle shop
Noodle shop
Bean curd shop
Bean curd shop

Offerings include soft bean curd, preserved bean curd, bean curd skin, deep fried bean curd, soy bean paste, and more.

Unleash the fish!
Unleash the fish!
Looking down Nelson Street
Looking down Nelson Street