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Bak Kwa (Pork Jerky)

Continuing on my Chinese New Year baking streak, I made bak kua this year. I was so tempted to bring it back to the States during my visit to Malaysia last month but decided against it at the last minute. So I decided to make my own when I got back. The last time I made this bak kwa aka pork jerky aka “long yoke” was back in 2007. I tweaked the recipe a little and was pretty satisfied with the result.

Bak Kwa

Sorry for the slightly blur picture. I really need to brush up my photography skill this year! Anyway here’s the recipe for the bak kwa.

2 lbs ground pork
300 gm sugar
3 Tbsp soya sauce
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp five spice powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp shaoxing wine or brandy
2 Tbsp water
Few drops of rose paste (optional)
  1. Mix everything together & marinate for 1 hour or more
  2. Preheat oven to 175 F (350C)
  3. Place ground pork on parchment paper on a baking sheet and spread as thinly as possible
  4. Bake in oven for about 13 min  (depends on thickness) till firm to touch
  5. Flip over & bake for another 10 min (optional but I did this for easier handling)
  6. Remove from oven & cut into pieces
  7. Grill it on the BBQ grill or you can freeze it to be grilled later. If freezing, place the bak kua in between parchment paper so that it will be easier to handle when you want to grill it later.

Other Chinese New Year Bakes:
Pineapple Tarts
Nian Gao (Sticky Cake)
Peanut Cookie

Mini Crispy Spring Roll
Honey Cornflakes Cup

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  • WILSON February 18, 2010, 5:29 am

    Great!!! It my favorite….i must try. Thks for this info…..

  • Anh March 17, 2010, 10:39 pm

    Hi there,
    Is “rose paste” a food color or an essence? I love jerkies but never ate pork jerky before. I think I’ll try this recipe. If I omit rose paste, will the jerky have a less desirable taste?
    Again, you are amazing. Thank you for all your posts.

    Rose paste is an essence. It just helps to give it a little fragrance but do not add too much as the taste is pretty strong. So a drop or 2 is sufficient. But you can also omit it too.

  • Belly Good Cooking January 12, 2011, 1:45 am

    Yr Bak Kua looks yummy. Bookmarked and will give it a try. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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