Easy to eat and delicious, this BBQ pork is a taste sensation; we'd recommend adding it as a "do-not-miss" on your list of local grub to try. Each shop grills individual slices to create an aroma just as nice as the flavor.
The taste: BBQ'd pork that's marinated in a sweet, salty and sticky sauce, almost like a plum sauce but not as sweet. The look is similar to beef jerky, but the texture is slightly warm and much softer, so it's super easy to eat while walking the streets. Each shop has many different flavors with the core being a traditional pork, but for those who prefer a bit more spice, the chili pork adds a kick.
The price: In general, the costs vary from storefront to storefront, but we regularly found it for S$50 per kg, or, roughly, $18.50 US per lb. If your looking for just a quick taste, 2 slices will set you back about $5.25 US.
Where to find it: One of the more famous bak kwa shops is called Bee Cheng Hiang and there are stores on Orchard Road as well as deep within Chinatown. Other outlets are called Kim Joo Guan and Lim Chee Guan. The former will even deliver your order to your hotel room, but we recommend checking out the shop.
Each shop also carries a variety of meat products such as bulk pork, chicken and fish floss, Chinese sausages and seasoning to to try cooking it at home.
The small piglet basket intrigued us as we could not get a full explanation of what it was.
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