We simply love shopping in Bangkok — from clothing, handicrafts to souvenirs at the malls, street vendors and night markets, we simply can’t stop! Apart from these places, the one place we always make a point to shop at in Bangkok is the supermarket.
Granted, supermarket shopping is great in almost any destination you travel to. You get to bring back all your favourite snacks and sundry from the country. However, supermarket shopping in Bangkok holds a special place in our heart because of the enticing variety of ‘ready-to-consume’ fruit and desserts they offer. We simply couldn’t say no to the perfectly peeled wedges of pomelo or the irresistible mango sticky rice drizzled with sweet coconut milk — all at such reasonable prices. We realised we’re not alone in this, as the two supermarkets we visited in Bangkok during our recent trip there were packed with foreigners.
Here are our top 20 supermarket buys from Bangkok. Also check out our feature on ‘8 must-try supermarket food items from Japan‘.
“Yum Yum Jumbo” Tom Yum Kung instant noodles, S$1.96 for pack of 10
Tao Kae Noi Big Sheet seaweed, S$2 per box
Arigato Cuttlefish Crackers, S$0.75
Glico Tom Yum Kung flavour Pretz, S$0.40 per box
MAMA spicy Tom Yum Kung instant noodles, S$1.50 for pack of 10
Tom Yum paste, S$0.70
Stir-fry Pad thai sauce, S$1.05
Thai tea mix, S$5.20 per tin
Tamarind candy, S$1.65
Peeled pomelo, S$2.75
Koh Kae peanut snack – assorted flavours, S$2.60 per can
Thailand beers – Singha, S$1.35 per can, Chang, S$2.10 per bottle
Glico Larb flavour Pretz, S$0.40
Dried mangoes, prices by weight
Dried coconut, prices by weight
Coconut jelly, S$2
Glico Choco Banana Pocky, S$0.50 per pack
Assorted fresh fruit juices, prices vary
Fresh mangoes, prices by weight
For Bangkok, the two supermarkets we recommend you check out are Big C Supercentre located opposite Central World and Gourmet Market at Siam Paragon. Prices tend to be higher at Gourmet Market compared to Big C Supercentre but the former boasts wider aisles and offers a more upmarket shopping experience. Think of it as the difference between shopping at Sheng Siong and Cold Storage.