Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Grocery Games: Chips Ahoy

Grocery games back in the hizzouse!

For some reason I thoroughly enjoy perusing the aisles of 7-11 for interesting local snacks.  While potato chips themselves are not exactly "local"- yep, they're Lays- some of the crazy flavors I've seen here are pretty unique to Thailand.

You've got your perennial favorites in the shellfish family, lobster hot plate and hot chili squid:


Not-so-standard BBQ flavors... Mexican BBQ?  In Thailand? Questionable. 
Extra BBQ?  Please explain what makes it "extra.":


More meat-flavored chips... meatballs of some sort and salmon?  Hmmmm.  Maybe it's wise they left the English off these.  But the spokes people certainly look jazzed:


 These flavors are pretty Thai... sweet basil (one of the three basil varieties here in Thailand, according to the folks at Silom cooking school):


And these two, with no English translation... one looks like a combination of dried shrimp, chili, lime and mayhaps squares of diced ginger?  The second one looks like Thai chili paste, delicious sweet and smokey stuff:


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