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Bak Kwa/Pork Jerky and welcome 2014



I  hope that all of you have had a wonderful X'mas and New Year and before we can settle snugly into 2014,  the Chinese Lunar New Year is just less than a month away which will mean baking and more baking.
Bak Kwa is a popular gift during the Chinese Lunar New Year and this is the first time that I'm baking and grilling them in the oven  instead of grilling them over a charcoal fire.
I've made Bak Kwa before, a very long time ago.  I remember that I had to dry the trays of marinated minced pork under the sun and had to keep a look out for uninvited guests such as stray cats and birds from feasting on the meat.  Then later had to sweat it out  grilling the dried meat over the erratic charcoal fire.   Baking and grilling them in the oven is definitely not so tedious and these bak kwa tastes just as good as the chargrilled ones.  In inflationary times like this, homemade ones are naturally much more economical more so if you intend to make this as a gift.

          


Recipe for Bak Kwa/Pork Jerky

    Ingredients


    • 500 gm double minced pork
    • 100 gm sugar
    • 1 Tbsp light soya sauce
    • 1/2 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 3/4  Tbsp oil
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    Method
    1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients, except the minced pork, stir till creamy.
    2. Add in the minced pork, stir with a wooden spoon till gluey.
    3. Cover with cling wrap and keep refrigerated overnight.
    4. Spread the marinated meat on a parchment lined baking tray with a spatula, about 1/4 inch thick.
    5. Bake in a preheated oven @ 130 deg.C for 15 to 20 mins., increase to 180 deg.C for another 12 mins.
    6. Remove from the oven, let cool, cut into desired size, flip over.
    7. Grill.  Check and flip the meat every 2 mins. till the desired colour is attained.


I'm submitting this post to  'Aspiring Bakers #39'  CNY Rock & Roll  hosted by Foodplayground

Comments

  1. HI Cheah,
    Love your jerky pork. It looks so much easier to bake them in the oven.
    Homemade are always tastier and hygienic.
    I am going to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you and your love ones a Blessed Happy New Year 2014.
    mui

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    1. You're most welcome. Yes, definitely more hygienic.

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  2. You are a genius, Cheah! I love this stuff but it never occurred to me that I could make my own. Our favorite is the chili pork.

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    1. Now you can try to DIY it at your own pace!

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  3. Hi Cheah! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas also:) I sure wish I knew a bit more about celebrating Chinese New Year. I would love to do a post celebrating it on my blog. Perhaps one year I will know enough:) In the mean time, I will continue to learn and be in awe of your delicious looking meal. Boy, I sure would love a nibble.

    Thank you so much for sharing, Cheah...

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    1. This is a delicacy that is very, very addictive, Louise!

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  4. Hi Cheah , the pork jerky looks delicious .... Happy New Year from my family to your :)

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  5. Hi Cheah, Happy New Year:D waa...you are very fast into CNY mood! I am still deciding whether to make these as it is quite tedious too baking and grilling them...with electricity going up, got to think twice haha!

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    1. Yes, everything will have a price hike this year. In fact just experienced it yesterday, a young coconut used to be 2 rgt at the roadside stall is now 3.50 rgt!

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  6. Hello Cheah
    Happy New Year to you. You are starting the new year with this delicious bak kwa! It sure looks very delicious....it is always good and healthy to make this at home. Store bought might not be as healthy and nowadays it is quite costly now.

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    1. I certainly agree with you that it's much more economical to make this at home, cheaper, tastier and hygienic.

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  7. Cheah, Thanks for sharing bak kwa recipe. Look so delicious as store bought. Definitely will try it for sure :)

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    1. You're welcome, Ann. Do give this a try and let me know!

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  8. Hi Cheah, Happy New Year! Your bak kwa looks good, just as good as those commercial ones if not better! I am tempted to try this, never made my own bak kwa before this :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. Give this a try, it's not as difficult as it appears to be!

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  9. Happy New Year, Cheah! Ah...you have started on the CNY baking already. I really should try these homemade bak kwa and surprise my family!

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    1. Yes, give them a surprise and show them your skill :)

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  10. Bak Kwa a must have item during CNY..Happy New Year to you Cheah!

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  11. Hi Cheah,
    Your bak kwa looks so delicious! I've made a lot last year, but am not sure whether I'm making any this year!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Happy New Year to you too.... I'm sure your family will be asking you to make this for them again this CNY. Think it's gonna be very expensive this year.

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  12. Oh, I left a message b4 but it was on a different screen. Nevermind. It's time to bake this again for CNY! Your pork jerky's colour looks fantastic, delicious! By the way, thanks for the drop by to my blog earlier

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    1. You're welcome, Jessie and thanks for the compliment!

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  13. i might do a some this year too..much cheaper and hygienic!

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    1. Yes, at least we know what we are eating :)

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  14. Hi Cheah,

    I made my own bak kwa too using Sonia's recipe last year. Love to make more again this year and love to try your simpler version :D

    Zoe

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    1. Oh, do let me know if you've tried it, Zoe!

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  15. I will try your recipe soon, this is also just nice for this month AB theme . Do join in and submit your post to Foodplayground.blogspot.sg. Looking forward to your post soon. :)

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