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Where can I find bakkwa in London?

AgnesGooch Apr 1, 2012 12:35 PM

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. limster RE: AgnesGooch Apr 1, 2012 01:58 PM

    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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816641

    1. limster RE: AgnesGooch Apr 6, 2012 02:59 PM

      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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        klyeoh RE: limster Apr 6, 2012 09:53 PM

        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.

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          huiray RE: klyeoh Apr 7, 2012 02:27 PM


          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...

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        acme15 RE: AgnesGooch Apr 29, 2012 07:48 AM

        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 (http://www.addiesthai.co.uk/ ). 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.

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