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Pork Chop Potato Chips from Thailand

Posted: 02/28/2011 10:37 am

Despite my best intentions to avoid junk food, I still occasionally find something so interesting that I just have to give it a try. This happens most often in foreign countries, where foods are unfamiliar to me and I really want to gain the experience of trying something new.

When I was in Thailand recently, learning as much as I could about Thai food, my friends Josh and Kim had a bag of pork chop-flavored Lay's potato chips. My first thought was, "Um, gross," but after a few days the idea grew on me. My husband and I walked down to 7-11 (because there's one on every corner in Bangkok) and bought a bag.

We opened the bag and smelled the chips. Guess what? They smelled like pork chops. It was weird, but we gave them a try.

Pork Chop Potato Chips
They look tasty enough...

Thai Snacks
For some reason I expected them to be brown, or red. Alas, they just looked like regular old potato chips.

Thai Snacks
The verdict: Hey, these are actually pretty good!

Overall, they tasted a lot like pork chops. Eerily so. They were good, though I only ate a few before I gave up in the interest of not overloading my already dehydrated system with superfluous sodium.

Here's a scan of the bag, in case you're curious, and a few more photos of interesting Thai snacks. ขอให้เจริญอาหาร!

Pork Chop Potato Chips

Pork Chop Potato Chips
The back of the bag, for those of you who read Thai.

Some other fun snacks from Thailand:

Thai Snacks
Lobster flavored Lays Stacks. I'm not sure how I feel about seafood flavored chips.

Thai Snacks
Mediterranean flavored. Made with real mediterraneans?

Thai Snacks
Grilled shrimp Pringles. Didn't try them, but curiosity was picqued.

Thai Snacks
Chipsletten? Not sure what that means, but paprika-flavored chips sound pretty good.


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