My former neighbor who has migrated to Australia recently gave me this recipe. She said that the Bak Kwa in Singapore is highly overpriced especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year Season and the queue for it is crazy. She is adamant in telling all her friends to make their own. Make the next Chinese New Year a more meaning one by giving your loved ones a gift that is made with love from the heart.
Home-made Barbecued Pork (Bak Kwa) Recipe
Try making your own barbecued pork (Bak Kwa) this Chinese New Year that is guaranteed to be pleasing to your tummy and light on your wallet!
INGREDIENTS (makes 12 4-Inch square pieces)
- Pork with 20% fat (Wu Hua Rou) 500gm
- Sugar, 80gm
- Light Soya Sauce, 1TBsp
- Chinese Rice Wine, 1TBsp
- Oyster Sauce, 1TBsp
- Thai Fish Sauce, 1tsp
- Dark Soya Sauce, 1tsp
- 5 Spice Powder, 1/8 tsp
- Ground white pepper, a dash
- Salt, 3/4tsp
- Maltose, 2TBsp
PREPARATION (30 min)
- Wash the pork and cut into chunks before mincing it. Be careful not to over-mince it until it becomes to powdery. Best is to use a cleaver to chop the meat.
- Lined a tray (13cm by 13cm by 0.4 cm) with grease proof paper
- Oil the rolling pin (optional)
COOKING METHOD (1 hour)
- Place the minced meat into a big bowl
- Add the sugar and maltose to the meat and mix it well with a pair of chopstick.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the meat and stir with the chopstick preferably in one direction until the meat is sticky (about 5 minutes)
- Wrap the bowl with a cling film and leave it in the fridge for 8 hours or overnight
- Line the tray with greaseproof paper
- Preheat the oven at 160*C
- Take the meat out and give it another stir before placing it on the tray.
- Rub your hand with some oil and flatten the meat on the tray evenly with your hand.
- Use a oiled rolling pin to roll the meat lightly to even out the spread.Place the tray in the centre of the oven to bake for 15mins.
- Remove from oven and let it cool.
- The juices that oozes out will be absorbed back into the meat once cooled.
- Cut it into square with a pizza cutter or scissors.
- Turn the oven to 240*C with only top fire. Then place the tray of meat slices on the top rack and grill for 5 mins on each side until caramelized.
- If you buy ready minced meat, tell the butcher to mince it only once. Or else the meat will not hold and it will not have substance when eaten.
- You can use honey instead of maltose. I feel that maltose will make the meat more crispy and fragrant.
- When grilling the meat, do not go away otherwise the meat will get burnt and all your effort will go down the drain. Alternatively you can either BBQ it or grill it over a small toaster with top fire.