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Bak Kua / Rou Gan / Malaysian Beef Jerky

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pkwla Mar 2, 2009 10:02 PM

I was in Macau a few months ago and had some of the most delicious beef jerky/leather. I've looked for it in LA and I haven't been able to find anything anywhere that even resembles it. I believe it's called Bak Kua (in Malaysian?) and Rou Gan (肉干) in Mandarin. Does anyone know of anywhere in the LA area (Chinatown, SGV, anywhere else) that has this amazing jerky. I had a sweet/bbq flavored variety as well as a more peppery version. It wasn't a dry strip of over smoked/hickory flavored meat like most American jerky, it was sweet and moist while still maintaining its jerky consistency. I am really craving it right now and would really like to find some in LA and not have to fly back to China/Malaysia/Macau.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. boogiebaby RE: pkwla Mar 3, 2009 01:57 AM

    The SG Superstore has a place inside that sells bak kua. It's like $22/lb, and very good. Very fresh. I've only tried the sweet pork one, but they do have several types. They also sell preserved/dried fruits and candies. I'm partial to the preserved olives.

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      selfportrait93 RE: boogiebaby Aug 12, 2013 09:51 PM

      Agree with San Gabriel Superstore's availability of chinese beef jerky. They seal it up nicely after weighing your order.

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      raistlyn RE: pkwla Mar 3, 2009 03:11 AM

      Bak Kwa is Hokkien. It's called Yoke Kon in Cantonese. Just handy in case you need to try all the different names when you're in a Chinese grocery store! If you're feeling very adventurous, you could try making it yourself: http://chowtimes.com/2007/06/05/bak-kwa/. I can't help you with your LA query, but you can find it in Singapore as well. I get my friends to bring up several kilos whenever they visit.

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        pkwla RE: raistlyn Mar 4, 2009 02:19 PM

        Thanks for your responses, I'll have to try driving over to SG Superstore this weekend to try it it out. If that doesn't work, I'm going to go to a few Asian supermarkets and ask around. Even if I find some though, I do think I'm going to try making it once I have some time. I'll post again if I find some.

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          klyeoh RE: raistlyn Aug 12, 2013 01:11 AM

          It's usually pork, right? Sometimes chicken, but I'd never come across beef versions in Singapore.

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            Mr. Roboto RE: klyeoh Aug 12, 2013 03:22 PM

            There used to be a place in Kuala Lumpur in the basement of KL Pavillion (柏威年廣場) that sold halal Bak Kwa made with beef (牛肉乾), but it closed a few years ago.

            It was priced at 75 ringgit per kilo (US$23/1 kilo) back in 2008, I think the shop's name was "Grilled to Perfection."

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              klyeoh RE: Mr. Roboto Aug 12, 2013 05:08 PM

              Probably pitched at the 'halal' market, as the mall is very popular with the Middle-Eastern crowd. In fact, Bukit Bintang Rd. is called "Arab Street" by the Arab visitors these days - they'd get into a cab and say, "Take me to Arab St." and every cabbie would know :-D

              Food Republic foodcourt at the Pavilion is completely halal, and the Thye Hong stall (a branch of the Singapore-style Hokkien mee chain) replaces pork lard with chicken there.

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                Lau RE: klyeoh Aug 12, 2013 09:36 PM

                i think its made out of pork, chicken or beef. ive had all 3 in singapore.

                surprisingly NY has like 4 bak kwa / rou gan stores in (2 of them are pretty good actually)...which reminds to write a post about them

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                  Lau RE: Lau Aug 12, 2013 09:39 PM

                  i double checked...bee cheng hiang sells all three meats (although there is only one beef option)

                  http://www.beechenghiang.com.sg/prima...

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                    blimpbinge RE: Lau Aug 12, 2013 09:55 PM

                    i usually get pork jerky and the chicken coins

                    somehow.. i'm not a fan of the beef. texture is too rough imo.

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                    bklynfoodiegirl RE: Lau Jul 2, 2014 08:58 AM

                    Please say more about the NY locations. I'm only familiar with the one on Elizabeth St.

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                      Lau RE: bklynfoodiegirl Jul 2, 2014 10:54 AM

                      so there are 4 places:
                      ping's - 58 mulberry - this is my favorite, particularly the spicy pork
                      ling kee - 42 canal street - this one is very good too
                      new beef king - 89 bayard - i dont like this one as much
                      malaysia beef jerky - 95 elizabeth - i haven't tried this one for some reason although my friend claims its good

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            akikonomu RE: pkwla Dec 17, 2010 11:51 AM

            http://www.primecutbeefjerky.com/

            In Hacienda Heights...I think they're like a warehouse style place. Tons of jerky

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              TonyC RE: akikonomu Aug 11, 2013 11:55 PM

              no, prime cut isn't a warehouse. it like a deli, an awesome deli all of all Chinese jerky (cooked by a Latino).

            2. Vince S RE: pkwla Dec 17, 2010 01:20 PM

              This thread got me thinking about this pic which I took last year in Macau:

              http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2529/4...

              What a trip!

              There is a company in LA who used to sell bak kua (gua). I think they are Malaysians. Can't recall the website. Also IIRC, http://www.asiansupermarket365.com used to carry some.

              1. raytamsgv RE: pkwla Aug 12, 2013 10:59 AM

                Rou Gan (肉干) is a generic term for dried beef/beef jerky. There are many types of Asian beef jerkies. As a first step, I second boogiebaby's recommendation of going to an Asian supermarket to get a glimpse of what is available. There are Chinese stores that specialize in different types of beef jerkies, but I can't quite remember any of their names or exact locations.

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                  blimpbinge RE: raytamsgv Aug 12, 2013 11:16 AM

                  There's Fragrant Rougan on mission near rosemead blvd. It's the singaporean/malaysian style.. so it's probably close to what op is looking for.

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                    Servorg RE: blimpbinge Aug 12, 2013 06:46 PM

                    Looks great. http://www.bbqbeefjerky.com/

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