Other bak kwa finds
TRADITIONAL BAK KWA
The Deli at Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, tel: 6730-1786.
9am to 9pm daily. The Deli is open throughout Chinese New Year.
$50 for 600g, $76 for 1kg
Orders should be made at least three days in advance. Subject to availability, until Feb 14.
The pork is marinated with the hotel's proprietary blend of spices, and then barbecued in-house by its chefs. Each slice of meat is enticingly glossy and has the requisite charred corners and grill marks.
Despite the fact the bak kwa here is slightly thicker than others in the market, it still manages to be soft, with just enough bite to it. The chewiness of this bak kwa is one of the biggest draws, and, admittedly, I like the charred bits best.
REBECCA LYNNE TAN
SLICED MINCED-PORK BAK KWA
Chai Ho, Block 448, Clementi Avenue 3, #01-10.
11am to 9pm daily or until the shop sells out. Outlet may open earlier in the lead-up to Chinese New Year. Closed on Chinese New Year's Eve, and thereafter for certain days over the Chinese New Year period.
$21 for 500g, $42 for 1kg
Walk-in purchases only.
The pork is minced, but it still requires a bit of chewing and doesn't fall apart too easily. And the marinade is light enough for you to taste the meat. In fact, the sugar dissipates quickly in the mouth to leave a pleasant aftertaste.
WONG AH YOKE
ORIGINAL SLICED-PORK BAK KWA
Bee Kim Heng, Block 32, New Market Road, People's Park Food Centre, #01-1010, tel: 6535-0735.
9.30am to 8pm daily (during the Chinese New Year period), 10am to 7pm daily (normal operating hours).
$29 for 600g, $49 for 1kg
Walk-in purchases welcome.
This is one of the few places that use thinly sliced pieces of pork, and not compressed minced meat. And it shows in the texture, which is chewier. But that is good because it is when you chew that the flavour of the meat really comes out. This is one of the tastiest bak kwa on the market.
WONG AH YOKE
(Prices may increase in the lead-up to, and during the Chinese New Year period.)