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Spice bag
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Spice bag
Alternative names Spicebag, Spicy Bag, Spicy Box
Place of origin Republic of Ireland
Region or state Dublin
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Fried chicken, Sichuan pepper, five-spice powder, Thai chili, onions, bell peppers, chips, salt
Spice box, Lidl
Home-bake spice box for sale in the Aldi supermarket

A spice bag (or spicebag, spicy bag, spice box or spicy box; Irish: mála spíosrach) is a fast food dish popular in Ireland inspired by Asian cuisine. Typically, a spice bag consists of deep-fried salt and chilli chips, chicken (shredded/balls/wings), red and green peppers, sliced chili peppers, fried onions, and a variety of spices. A vegetarian or vegan option is often available, in which deep fried tofu takes the place of the shredded chicken.It is sometimes accompanied by a tub of curry sauce. Available in Chinese takeaways and chippers since the 2010s, the dish has developed something of a cult following. It was voted 'Ireland's Favourite Takeaway Dish' in the 2020 Just Eat National Takeaway Awards.


According to RTÉ reporter Liam Geraghty the dish was supposedly created in 2010 by The Sunflower Chinese takeaway in Templeogue, Dublin, with the first spice bag sold on Just Eat in 2012.

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