Food & Travel

The Travelling Table: Chainarong

By Anonymous Paul on 28 February, 2011

Tired of bringing home the same tubes of spicy sampaloc from Bangkok for pasalubong? I suggest you try shopping at Chainarong, Bangkok’s top purveyor of Thai style snack foods. It’s one of my must-go shopping places when I’m in town and I must admit I tend to go a bit overboard on the snack food shopping. Biggest reason being the probably hundreds of varieties of edibles available. And if you’re interested in something that seems too funky or foreign they always accommodate free sampling.

spicy anchovies, nuts and peas with tom yum herbs

What they’re most popular for is their pork products as shredded pork, pork floss, bakkwa and Chinese style sausages. But my favorite would probably be the moo ping or crispy pork. They crisp up the super thin sheets of marinated pork right in the premises with these motorized convection ovens to assure they’re always fresh. What do they taste like? Sweet, spicy and salty with a porky essence that’s so unbelievably crunchy. Like lechon skin. Really. However way better for you in terms of the health department.

lechon skin-like moo ping
a sugar glazed version of the tom yum anchovies sans peas

They also carry sweet and savory chips of various fruits and vegetables; durian, taro, pumpkin, bananas, jackfruit, coconut, pineapple…the list goes on. And something that I never get tired of eating: tom yum anchovies. Crispy fried anchovies with nuts, peas and sesame seeds mixed in with tom yum herbs. I suppose it’s their version of mixed nuts like our, er… Ding Dong? Very aromatic with all that kaffir lime and so addictive that I just have to bring several bags home every time.

The loot: all the food had to be put in a separate suitcase.

They’ve outlets in over 20 department stores all over the city but I usually go to the MBK branch; so while the wife goes crazy shopping for sundries, I go crazy over the eatables.




5/F MBK Mall
Th. Pyathai, Pathumwan
Bangkok, Thailand


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