|Photos by New Peng Hiang|
I first chanced upon this brand a few years back in a Food Exhibition. If you're looking for thick and fat but juicy meat, New Peng Hiang is the way to go. There is no lingering smell of charcoal, and it may be rather tough to chew on. Sometimes I enjoy eating chewy meat, and perhaps if you're looking for something to exercise your gums on, New Peng Hiang is the way to go!
|Photos by Kim Hock Guan|
Kim Hock Guan remains a family-owned and operated business with a history of FIVE generations. If that claim is true, that makes Kim Hock Guan the oldest Bak Kwa brand in Singapore. They currently have 4 branches and 1 factory, but their Bak Kwa is much thicker than the usual ones. Thankfully, it is not very oily. I love how there isn't a lot of burnt parts in each slice too!
Unlike other stores, Kim Joo Guan does not seem to have their own griller in-store. However, the pork does not taste frozen as it is soft and chewy, and most tourists usually love to bring this brand back to their home country. That tells us why they have a branch at Changi Airport departure terminal! I would buy this off-peak when it is not Chinese New Year as the flavour of Bak Kwa is quite strong. Oh yes, they also do have nice packagings that would make Bak Kwa as a good gift!
|Photos by Luo Zi Xiang|
This is definitely my top favourite, and I guess that is why you have to spend both your moolah and a lot of time just to get their "Trademark BBQ Sliced pork". Orders are taken before 10am, and you can forget about queuing in the afternoon. We queued for 2 hours but I think it is well worth it. After all, why waste your caloric input on bad-tasting food?
Please be advised that this list of recommended Bak Kwa may be subjective as taste buds would be different. The list is not exhaustive of all Bak Kwas that are available in Singapore, but in my honest opinion, these are the brands that I love! Nevertheless, I wish you a blessed and prosperous Chinese New Year!