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Word of Mouth: Basted Barbecued Bak Kwa


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As the Lunar New Year rolls around, the traditional crowd-pleaser of bak kwa once again comes to the fore.

This sweet, glazed and barbecued pork jerky is a slice of caramelised and smoky tasting meat unlike the tough and chewy Western jerky.

Here are a few places to get your supply. Be prepared to queue as the New Year draws closer though.

Lim Chee Guan Bak Kwa

This stall sees snaking queues each year during the Chinese New Year season. This shop has been around since 1939 and is currently located at Chinatown.

The meat is sweet and chewy enough. Lim Chee Guan can be considered one of the more popular options.

203 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059429

Kim Hwa Guan

This one is not as well known as the other brands. The bak kwa from this place is sliced thinly and the smoky scent from the grill permeates the meat better.

Kim Hwa Guan is located at People’s Park Food Centre.

32 New Market Road, #01-1022, Singapore 050032

Fragrance Food Stuff Private Limited

What started out as a singular stall run by a family has now expanded into a multi-store franchise.

Fragrance Food Stuff sells its own “secret recipe” bak kwa. Visit the website for more information and outlets.


Bee Cheng Hiang

Probably one of the most recognised brands, Bee Cheng Hiang started out as a stall in 1933 and has also expanded into a multi-store franchise.

The founder of Bee Cheng Hiang started out peddling bak kwa in a cart during the pre-war era.

For more information on the various outlets, visit the website.


Chai Ho Satay & Dried Pork

Apart from selling killer satay, this stall also makes a mean bak kwa. This one is a little on the harder side, with a taste like bacon.

448 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-10, Singapore 120448