The coming of the Lunar New Year marks the start of many things for the Chinese, with excessive feasting and snacking ranking the highest among our list of priorities. Among the popular mainstays such as pineapple tarts, love letters and other confectionery delights, the one we always go berserk for, is bak kwa—otherwise commonly known as rou gan or barbecued pork jerky.
Starting out from humble roots, turning his interest into passion and passion into a business, founder, Mr Teo Kim Tee began his own signature brand—New Eastern (Kim Tee) Dried and Minced Pork—back in 1976, setting up shop in the heart of Serangoon Gardens. They’ve remained at the same location ever since and have now grown to become a popular name among many.
Their bak kwa is unique in that it is made considerably thinner than most, allowing the complex smoky aromas and sweet, porky flavours to melt on the tongue. Priding themselves on producing bak kwa that is 100% hand-made, their products begin the traditional way, cooked in a charcoal oven before subsequently grilled over a charcoal stove.
As of today, the family heirloom that is Mr Teo’s bak kwa is run by his two grandchildren who not only aim to ensure that his legacy lives on but to give the brand itself a breath of new life through contemporary approaches—all while maintaining the stellar standard of their traditional handmade bak kwa.
Lunar New Year is just around the corner and you know what that means—the bak kwa season has arrived!
Among the many festive snack foods available, this sweet barbecued pork delight remains one of our top few must-haves. Sure, there are loads of brands out there selling the same thing and often we find ourselves returning to same old few.
Whether you’d rather go for the cheapest option or the best quality product out there, here we have compiled the price index of the most popular bak kwa stalls around for 2019 to give you the most bang for your bak.
When it comes to Chinese New Year, there are a few things that immediately spring to mind: Family reunions, hot pot dinners, red packets (ang pao) and of course, the green light to snack non-stop.
Filled with a multitude of pastries, cookies and sweet treats galore, no Chinese New Year celebration is complete without festive goodies. Period. Time to start stocking up, but in case you don’t know where to start, here is our list of 10 Chinese New Year Snacks that every Chinese household should have in 2019.
Bak kwa—also known to many as rou gan—is a snack that has gained worldwide popularity. What it is is essentially a thin sheet of barbecued pork that boasts sweet, smoky and savoury flavours.
An essential snack and one we see in almost every household during the Lunar New Year, many of us indulge in this sinful treat without fully knowing what goes into it and how it’s made. Ever wondered how bak kwa gets its signature smoky flavour, or how it achieves its thin yet robust structure? Here, we delve into how bak kwa is made—the traditional way.
For many Singaporeans, Chinese New Year is just not the same without bak kwa. Originating from China, bak kwa is essentially barbecued meat slices that are extremely fragrant and come with a hint of smokiness from the fire that is used to grill the meat jerky.
While we certainly do not need any special occasion just for eating bak kwa, this Chinese snack is especially popular during the Lunar New Year and that is when you will see long queues forming outside popular bak kwa shops such as Bee Cheng Hiang and Lim Chee Guan.
Confused about all the prices? Our Bak Kwa Price Index 2018 will give you an overview of the more popular Bak Kwa brands in Singapore. Happy feasting!