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Apr 1, 2012 12:35 PM

Where can I find bakkwa in London?

Bakkwa is a Singaporean/Malaysian type of jerky. They normally have different varieties available. While most are pork, you can also get chicken and beef at some places. There are also different flavours - most are sweet and saly but others are spicy

I brought some back from my last visit to Singapore but just ate the last of it and was hoping there's somewhere in Chinatown or elsewhere I can find it.

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  1. I'm trying to remember if I saw prepackaged ones at the Chinese shop on the corner of Gerrard and Macclesfield Streets in Chinatown. There's a southeast asian section in one of the supermarkets on Gerrard street (either New Lung Fung or the one directly across from it), so that might be another possibility. Sorry to be so vague, but hope that helps in a minor way.

    Might also want to ask if sichuanjunkie had any leads after this query:

    1. Happen to stop by the Chinese grocery store on the corner of Gerrard Street and didn't see any. Did get a whole bunch of Oct 15 (name of the brand) Chinese cookies on a 3 for 2 deal.

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      1. re: limster

        No, you can't find any "bak kwa" in London - I know because whenever I visit relatives in London (a Scottish cousin-in-law *loves* them), I have to pack some over from Singapore.

        1. re: klyeoh


          BTW I've always known it as "long yook" in Cantonese. At least in KL, M'sia. "Yook Korn" - which is what "Bakkwa" (Hokkien) would be in Cantonese - was seldom used (if at all) in my circles. [..and "yook see" was that finely shredded, with an almost "spun" look, dried pork that was basically meat floss.]

          Hmm, I remember seeing it offered for sale once in a blue moon on Gerrard St back in the 70's/80's...

      2. Haven't really tried looking for it but don't recall seeing it around so far. If you are really craving for the bakkwa taste, I find the grilled pork neck starter dish at Addie's tastes rather similar to bakkwa. Not identical but worth a try. Addie's is a thai restaurant near Earl's Court tube ( ). The thai food there is good too so it'll be worth a visit anyway. It's a popular place so it's usually quite packed. Hope this helps.

        1. I tried to bring some back from Singapore but it was confiscated at Heathrow as it was meat!

          If anyone know where I can get it either in the UK or if someone exports it to the UK that would be great!


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          1. re: elephants59

            Sorry to hear about the confiscation! I tried making my own bakkwa earlier this year. It does not have the texture of store-bought ones, but does taste quite respectable and satisfying. It's ridiculously easy to make, give it a try! I used this recipe but will reduce the five spice powder by a little: