Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

Travel to Chinatown and one can easily sense the burnt smell, but do not worry, for that’s the smell of Singapore’s all time favourite- Bak Kwa.

Bak Kwa is a Chinese delicacy made with marinated pork ,chicken, beef or mutton meat. It is grilled for hours before being served, very similar to jerky. The delicacy is a forever local delight and is especially popular during Chinese New Year as a must-have for the visiting friends and relatives. It is not uncommon for the price to shoot up by as much as 30% during the CNY, when the Chinese got frenzy with the meat by queuing hours for it.

To eat the meat, simply have a small bite, chew the meat and suck the greasy juice before swallowing the meat. The meat is sold by weighing, it is usually bought by per 500 gram. Don’t worry if you have bought too much of Bak Kwa, for the meat can be kept for a week under household refrigeration.

One thing to note is as the grilled meat is quite heaty ,eating too much might cause sore throat for some, but who cares, when it is so yummy. Do drink more water after consummation.

Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

How to enjoy it? Have a small bite, chew it in your mouth, sulk the juicy fat. Its very similar to eating Chewing Gum.

Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

The meat is usually bought by kilogram ,most people would ask for 1 kg or 2 kg.

Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

A master grilling the Bak Kwa, it could take a 3-4 hours to get the right taste.

Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

During Chinese New Year, the crowd queue up for hours, just to have a bite of it. Many think it’s the perfect gift for friends, relatives and business clients in this festive month.

 

Singapore Chinatown Food Street

Bak Kwa Price. Prices varies due to type of meat use and it’s shape.

 

Things to eat at Chinatown Singapore

The purchased Bak Kwa is packed into box for take-away.

Singapore Chinatown Food Street

Bak Kwa shop are aplenty, it’s in every corner of Singapore. That goes to show how popular the meat is.

Things to eat in Chinatown- Bak Kwa

Another famous Bak Kwa shop. Bak Kwa is not an exclusive delicacy of Chinatown, it is available all over Singapore, especially in the heartland Shopping Centre. But consumer has a habit of getting the meat from Chinatown come Chinese New Year.

A famous Bak Kwa shop, notice the queue there and the tourists, and its not even during the month of Chinese New Year.

 

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