Welcome the Year of the Tiger with full and satisfied bellies by stocking up on this delightful CNY treat
When Chinese New Year comes, we can’t help but look forward to the signature and new bak kwa creations that will appear on the shelves and online shops of our favourite stores and restaurants. Who can resist these sheets of barbecued meat with a deep red hue that are cooked to a smoky and caramelised finish?
This year's plethora of offerings spans classic flavours and contemporary creations that are perfect for snacking any time of the day. Here are five of our favourites.
1. Old Seng Choon
Local pastry chef Daniel Tay and his team have given this ubiquitous CNY snack a contemporary spin with their newly launched black truffle bak kwa. Lean and fatty meat from the Brazilian hog variety are mingled with black truffle paste and white truffle oil and grilled in a charcoal oven for a sweet and smoky finish. The resulting caramelised sweetness is only enhanced by the earthy tones of the black truffle paste and white truffle oil.
Tatler Tip: Order before January 15 and receive 20 per cent off. Order here.
2. Ryan’s Grocery
Ryan’s Grocery makes snacking on bak kwa a little less sinful with its premium, gluten-free variety. Each sheet is made using Borrowdale free-range pork sans additives, moisture infusion, preservatives and food colouring. It also has 60 per cent less salt and sugar content. The bak kwa is then painstakingly grilled to ensure each bite has a delicious and smoky char as well as juicy and succulent meat.
Tatler Tip: Pre-order before January 16 and receive a 10 per cent early bird discount. Available for self-collection only. Order here.
3. Lim Chee Guan
You can never go wrong with this signature bak kwa from storied brand Lim Chee Guan, which has been making this ubiquitous CNY snack since 1938. The culinary team still uses the same recipe developed by its founder, Lim Kay Eng, when he first set up shop in Chinatown. They use premium ingredients to make the slices, and these are roasted over charcoal and turned constantly to ensure both sides have that same delicate smokiness and caramelised texture.
Tatler Tip: Try the more contemporary creations, including barbecue chilli pork and barbecue bacon. They’re as delicious as the signature bak kwa. Order here.
4. Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
The culinary team at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore have brought back their classic applewood minced pork honey bak kwa just in time for your CNY festivities. They craft the bak kwa using premium pork meat that is marinated with a secret recipe with the addition of honey to enhance the sweetness. It is grilled over applewood for a beautiful caramelised char.
Tatler Tip: Enjoy complimentary delivery when you order above $300. A 48-hour pre-order notice is required. Order here.
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5. The Marmalade Pantry
Give yourself a break from all the pork dishes this CNY and opt for The Marmalade Pantry’s petite chicken bak kwa. The perennial signature features succulent minced chicken thigh that is marinated with a fish-sauce based recipe and charcoal-smoked to give it that desired smokiness. Best of all, each bite-sized slice is individually vacuum-packed for freshness and convenience.
Tatler Tip: Pre-order with your Mastercard by January 16 and enjoy 10 per cent off. Don’t forget to key in the promo code ‘Festive10’ for online purchases. Order here.
6. Legacy Gourmet
Have you ever had a by-invite-only order for bak kwa? Well, Legacy Gourmet’s painstakingly crafted morsels of meat are definitely worth getting on the wait list for. With their unique blend of pork cuts, Irish duck fats and secret blend of spices sourced the world over, these smoky, bincho-tan charcoal-grilled slices are decadence personified. Want to up your bak kwa game? There is also the truffle version and an ultra-luxe 24k version that will be sure to make impression on every guest that visits your house during the festive period.
Tatler Tip: Sign up as a member now and make your order early. Stocks are limited. Order here.