If you went to Bangkok but did not stop by Big C Supercenter, did you even go to Bangkok?
As the largest physical hypermarket in Thailand, Big C Supercenter is one of the must-visits in Bangkok. The Rajdamri outlet is right across the road from Central World and a stone’s throw away from Platinum Fashion Mall and Pratunam Market. Since it is in such close proximity to this shopping district, you should definitely add this supermarket to the list of places where you can shop until you drop.
This impressive supermarket has everything – groceries, clothes, books and even electrical equipment. However, their most exciting department is their snacks section! With shelves upon shelves filled with yummy goodies, there are so many varieties to choose from.
For our Muslim friends, we’ve rounded up a list of the top seven halal snacks you can buy from Big C Supercenter. Whether you want to enjoy them for yourself or take them home for your loved ones, these sumptuous snacks are sure to keep you wanting more! In addition, they are relatively inexpensive (they start from as low as 12 baht), so you don’t have to worry about breaking your bank when shopping here.
1. Tao Kae Noi
Fun fact: Although commonly mistaken as a Japanese snack, Tao Kae Noi actually originates from Thailand. Since its introduction in 2004, this crispy seaweed snack has remained a hot favourite for both the local and international audience. It isn’t uncommon to see tourists buy whole cartons of these yummy seaweed snacks to ship back to their home country, and for good reason!
While the original flavours and textures remain popular, they have also introduced novel products (tom yum flavour, Thai curry flavour, durian flavour!) that would be fun to try out. They also make a good souvenir for your friends and family back home.
2. Manora Seafood Chips
One cannot leave Bangkok without going through a few bags of these savoury chips! Even though there’s a large variety seafood flavoured snacks available, Manora has managed to remain one of the best-sellers for decades. It comes up on top for its rich umami flavour and the way the chips remain crisp to the bite before melting in the mouth. You can choose between flavours like fried shrimp, fried fish and fried crab.
3. Bento Squid Seafood Snack
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try out these Bento dried squid snacks that promise to pack a fiery punch. While there are three flavours available (hot & spicy, sweet & spicy, Thai chilli sauce), they are all different variations of ‘spicy’. You are in Thailand after all! Even though your mouth may be on fire when snacking on this, somehow you’ll find yourself continuing to reach for the packet and going for it mouth after mouth…
4. Koh Kae Flavoured Peanuts
You might first decide to try out this snack because of how cute the Koh Kae mascot is, but the taste will be what keeps you going back for more. These peanuts aren’t like the typical ones that you might have tried – not only are they hassle-free (no peanut shells to worry about), they are also coated with a coconut-cream base, fried to a crisp and dusted with various flavours such as chicken and wasabi, among others. These combinations go surprisingly well with the natural saltiness of the peanut, and each bite guarantees a burst of flavour.
5. Dozo Rice Cracker
After all those rich savoury snacks, you might be looking for something that is a little less rich, and has a more subtle taste. These Japanese Dozo Rice Crackers are perfect for just that! The rice cracker itself contains a hint of saltiness, and the little white sugar bits on top provide a sweetness that balances out the flavours nicely. Furthermore, the crackers are individually packed and are great for sharing!
You are probably no stranger to the goodness of Pocky sticks, the genius invention of a cookie stick topped with a sweet coat of icing. However, you might not have tried out some of the more innovative flavours that are available in Bangkok. With luxurious picks like blueberry and matcha, or new combinations such as milk and choco banana, the wide variety there will keep you intrigued and spoilt for choice.
7. Dried Durian
How can you come to a tropical country like Thailand and leave without trying the epitome of all tropical fruits? For those who dare not try out the actual durian itself, Fruit King has a less intense version to give you a teaser for the real thing. This dried durian snack is made from real durian flesh (of the Mon Thong variety), and offers authentic flavours without the hassle of having to deal with the actual thorny and pungent fruit. It may not be a snack that you would want to reach for every day, but it is certainly something that will remind you of your time in Thailand.
Now that you know about the best Halal snacks you can buy from the Big C Supercenter, waste no time and add them to your shopping cart before they go out of stock. To find other Halal snacks or food, just make sure that they have been certified by The Islamic Committee Office of Thailand, and you are good to go.