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9 places where you can get a spice bag for dinner tonight

Where do YOU get your spice bag?

YESTERDAY, WE HAD a few questions about spice bags, a curious dish that Irish patrons of Chinese takeaways hold very dear.

A spice bag contains crispy chicken or chicken balls, chips, and a blend of salt and spices, all shaken up in one bag.


Spice bags seem to be particularly popular in Dublin, but can sometimes be found in other parts of the country.

After our serious investigation of the spice bag phenomenon was published, several readers wanted to know where they would be able to procure one. Well, here it is.

New World Chinese in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow

The place that started it all, according to one reader:

Dosun on Dorset Street, Dublin

We hear it’s best to get this spice bag with satay sauce. Amazing call.

The Food Inn, Ballyfermot

This one comes highly recommended from our reader Ricky C, who endorsed The Food Inn in no uncertain terms.


Further investigation revealed not one but five different types of spice bags:


Eighty Seven Chinese, Summerhill, Dublin

Eighty Seven is a favourite of one staffer, who says the amount of “sinful food” in the one place is “a little overwhelming”.

Sounds perfect.

Lin Kee North Strand, Dublin

Lin Kee’s spice bag was introduced “due to popular demand” and contains “healthy vegetables”, so you don’t need to feel too bad about getting one.

Gorgeous Food, Fairview, Dublin

Gorgeous Food has a whole section devoted to spice bags, including a ‘jumbo’ that we’re particularly interested in:


Chop Chop, Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin

One Twitter review of Chop Chop advises people to avoid touching their eyes after eating the spice bag. IT’S THAT SPICY.

Sunflower, Templeogue, Dublin

This one gets glowing reviews from our friends at

Golden House, Trim, Co Meath

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The Golden House comes recommended from reader Louise Flattery.

UPDATE: Our lovely readers have given us a few spice bag leads, including spots in Dundalk and Dunboyne.

We’re still attempting to round up spice bag purveyors around the country, so if you have a favourite spice bag *please* let us know. Spice bags for all!

Previously: 5 essential questions and answers about the spice bag phenomenon>

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