May the Year of the Dragon be a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Year for everyone!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!
Ingredients (Adapted from Just as Delish and Singlish Swenglish)
1kg fatty(about 20) Meat Mince – either Chicken, Beef or Pork
120g Caster Sugar
2 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice Powder
3 tablespoon Fish Sauce
4 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
3 tablespoon Honey
15ml Light Olive Oil
1/2 tablespoon Dark Soy Sauce
A few drops of Sesame Oil
- Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl or container. Cover and marinate overnight in the fridge.
- Preheat oven to 100°C. Place mince onto the tray then spread and press down to form a thin sheet over the surface of the tray to a thickness of about 3mm. You can either use wet fingers/spoon to manually press it or you could lay a sheet of plastic wrap over it and roll it thin with a rolling pin.
- Place the trays in the oven for about 45 minutes with the door ajar or until the meat has dried out – the surface is dry to the touch, most of the liquid has evaporated and is holding together without breaking (It’s fine to be a little moist underneath the sheet). Do the same with the rest of the pork.
- Cut the dried meat sheet into squares with a kitchen scissors.
- Heat up your charcoal bbq, oven grill(Preheated to 230°C) or broiler and grill each square until darkened and caramelised. It’s totally alright to have the tiniest hint of charring but keep your eyes on them because they burn quickly and easily.
- These Bak Kwa does not have preservatives, so it’s better to keep them in an airtight container in the fridge with sheets of greaseproof baking paper between each slice of Bak Kwa. When needed, reheat Bak Kwa in grill or microwave.
- You can also store and freeze the bak kwa after you have dried it out in the oven. Once cooled, place sheets of greaseproof baking paper between each slice of pork. Wrap very well with plastic wrap and place in a container to freeze. When ready to use, defrost in refrigerator and grill as normal.