Thursday, May 10, 2012

bakkwa (singaporean/malaysian bbq pork jerky)

My husband can cook well, and so can my brother-in-law! He made us one of my favorite foods (probably in my top 5), bakkwa. It's Singaporean/Malaysian pork jerky. It was sooooo good! Thank you, Keith! 


 Ground pork - 1 lb


Brown sugar - 1/2 cup
White sugar - 1/2 cup
Soy sauce - 1 TBS
Oyster sauce - 1 TBS
Five spice powder - 1 tsp
White pepper - dash
Sesame oil - 1 TBS
Dark soy sauce -  1 TBS
(Paprika/Cayenne pepper - 1 TBS [optional for spicy kick])


Honey - 1/2 cup
Water - 3 TBS
(Sorry, not very clear picture)











  1. Mix the marinade in a bowl. Mix until all ingredients are integrated.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix the marinade and ground pork. Using your hands or Kitchenaid, mix it well. 
  3. On a baking sheet, put parchment paper or silicon pad. Spread the meat mixture on the baking sheet until about 0.5mm in thickness (thinner the better). 
  4. On a separate bowl, mix honey and water for the glaze. Set it aside.

Mix the marinade together

Mix with the meat

Spread over baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicon pad


  1.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Bake the thin-layered meat mixture in the oven for 45 minutes. Check after 30 minutes - make sure it's not burnt. 
  3. Take out the meat from the oven, let it cool completely. 
  4. Peel off from parchment paper or silicon pad. Cut in desired shapes & sizes. 
  5. Heat the grill (or use BBQ charcoal grill) or broiler. Fry cut-up individual bah kwa and brush on the glaze as you grill (both sides). If it's cooking too fast, lower the heat or put on a different level (further away from the heat). 
Bakkwa out of the oven after 45 minutes

Cut in desired shapes

Honey/water glaze mix

My awesome brother-in-law brushing the glaze on bakkwa.


  1. Let it cool a bit so it'll harden a bit. 
  2. Eat it plain or with a toasted bread. 


  • It's so good, it'll be gone in a second! So make sure you keep some for yourself, too. 
  • You can use other ground meats (beef, chicken, turkey, etc) 


  1. Yummy!!! Ok, I'm coming over later. I hope you have leftovers! Haha, jk :)

  2. I didn't know you can make bakkwa at home! Sugo-i!