Monday 2 February 2015

Homemade Bak Kwa (肉干) and Chinese New Year Ang Pow Giveaway

This has been in my to-do list for the longest time ever since I saw Sonia's post a few years back. But my list got longer and it somehow got out of my radar. I made it a point to make this myself this year and I'm glad I finally did it!

It was surprisingly easy to do. The only problem I faced was my oven was too small to fit a 13" by 13" tray. It has a turntable that rotates for even baking and the most it could take was a 9" square tray (which yields only 4 square pcs) or a 12" round tray (yields 4 square pcs with 'stray edges'). It was more tedious for me was it took longer to finish making the bak kwa as I have to bake more rounds due to my oven size.

If you have a good-sized oven, you should really consider trying to make these yummy bak kwa yourself. It's fun and definitely kinder on your pocket given that bak kwa prizes will soar sky high when it gets nearer to Chinese New Year.

Homemade Bak Kwa (肉干)
recipe from Nasi Lemal Lover
(my notes in red)
makes 9 pcs, perfectly for a tray size 13" x 13" (4mm height)

450g minced pork (at least with 10% fat)
100g sugar (I used brown sugar)
1 tbspn light soy sauce
1/2 tbspn chinese rice wine
1/2 tbspn fish sauce
1 tbspn oyster sauce
1 tsp dark caramel soy sauce (you may reduce to 1/2 tsp to get more reddish coloured bak kwa, and replaced with dark soysauce or kicap manis if you can't find dark caramel soy sauce.) - I used 1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/8 tsp five spice powder
A dash of pepper
1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt or to taste
2 tbspn honey (I used 1 tbspn honey. I then added 1 tsp water to 1 tbspn honey to make honey glaze for brushing on the cooked bak kwa before grilling)  

1. Put all ingredients in a big bowl and start mixing them with a pair of chopsticks. Blend and stir the mixture in one direction until the meat becomes gluey (very important to stir till gluey otherwise the meat will break out). Store in the fridge for several hours.

2. Spread the marinated minced pork thinly onto the baking tray (using fingers to spread).

3. Bake at pre-heated oven at 160C for 15mins. (I baked at 130C for 12 mins)
Remove from oven. Increase the oven temperature to 240C.

4. Wait to slightly cool, cut into your desired size and shape using scissor, knife or pizza cutter. Flip to the opposite side and brush with the honey glaze.

5. Grill (top heat only) one side at 240C for 10mins (I took 7-8 mins), remove from oven, flip over another side, brush with honey glaze and grill for 7mins or until golden brown with slight burnt.

6. Once done, let it cool and enjoy!

Note :
**you may store Bak Kwa (at stage 4) in the freezer to consume later. Defrost and grill (stage 5) before serve. It will be even taste perfect if you charcoal grill it. Adjust your oven temperature accordingly, you know your oven better !!

This post is also linked to the event, Cook & Celebrate: CNY organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Yen from Eat Your Heart Out and Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe

Chinese New Year Ang Pow Giveaway

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  1. Super love bak kwa! Thanks for linking to our CNY event ;) -Yen

  2. Hi LY,

    I love love love this recipe!!! Since the day I made bake kwa at home, I never look back!!! I'm sure that you will make more of these soon :p


  3. Hi LY, well done ! Your bak kwa so nicely made. Too tedious for me to bake bak kwa ... wish I could have a slice ... hee hee ^-^!

  4. Lai Ying, this is amazing!!! I love bak kwa. Yum yum!



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