Bak Kwas Worth Queuing Up For This CNY (2020)
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Bak Kwas Worth Queuing Up For This CNY (2020)

Casey Choo
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With the Lunar New Year of the rat right around the corner, what better way to celebrate the auspicious season than with a not-so-healthy serving of Bak Kwa!

One of the top few must have snacks of the season, no home is truly complete without a platter of this sweet, savoury porky goodness.

To help you gear up for a feast, here’s a list of our top recommended Bak Kwa stores you’d have to visit to get your share this Chinese New Year. To keep options open, we’ve excluded a few of the popular chains there, which include the likes of Bee Cheng Hiang, Lim Chee Guan and Fragrance.

Fret not, we’ve also included a vegetarian option!

TL;DR: List of Best Bak Kwa Establishments to visit this CNY

bak kwa cny 2020

EstablishmentPriceLocationOpening HoursAvailable Online?
Kim Hwa Guan~$28 for 500g

~$60 for 1kg
People's Park Food Centre, #01-1022

32 New Market Road
9am to 6pm, DailyNo
Kim Peng Hiang~$24 for 500g

~$48 for 1kg
465 Changi Road9am to 6pm, DailyNo
Kim Hock Guan~$28 for 500g

~$56 for 1kg
South Bridge Road, Bedok North Street 5, 180 Bencoolen Street Mon - Fri, 10am to 7pm

Sat, 10am to 8pm

Sun, 11am to 7pm
No
Sang Hock Guan Dried & Minced Pork~$27.50 for 500g

~$55 for 1kg
Blk 163 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-44610am to 10pm, DailyNo
Kim Joo Guan~$27.50 for 500g

~$55 for 1kg
257 South Bridge Road9.30am to 8.30pm, DailyYes, on company's website.
New Eastern Kim Tee ~$28 for 500g

~$56 for 1kg
Main Outlet: 22 Maju Avenue, Serangoon Garden

210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-69

51 Old Airport Road, #01-112

147 Potong Pasir Ave 1, #01-85

Tangs Orchard
10am to 9pm, DailyYes, on company's website.
Peng Guan Bak Kwa~$24 for 500g

~$48 for 1kg
Chinatown Complex, #02-368am to 8pm, DailyNo
Kim Hock Seng $24 for 500g

~$48 for 1kg
570 Geylang Road, Lorong 3410.30am to 10.30pm, DailyNo
Hu Zheng Long ~$25 for 500g

~$50 for 1kg
Main Outlet: 14 Sago Street

272 South Bridge Road
10am to 8pm, DailyNo
Friendly Vegetarian ~$5.35 for 200g Block 421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-1165

Block 14 Pasir Panjang #01-24, Wholesale Centre
Mon - Sat, 8am to 6pm

Public Holidays, 8am to 1pm
No
Fragrance ~$28 for 500g Various outlets: Star Vista, Clementi, Bedok, The Centrepoint, etc. Varies Redmart
New Peng Hiang ~$25 for 500g Manufacture outlet. Available online.- Redmart, Shopee.
Bee Cheng Hiang ~$32.40 for 600g, $54 for 1kg 49 outlets across Singapore Varies On Bee Cheng Hiang's website
Lim Chee Guan ~$31 for 500g, $62 for 1kg 4 Outlets - 203 New Bridge Road, People's Park Centre Complex, Ion Orchard and Jewel Changi AirportVaries No

Friendly PSA: Expect prices to increase slightly week on week towards Chinese New Year

Kim Hwa Guan

Kim hwa guan bak kwa
Source: Miss Tam Chiak 

Drop by on weekend mornings and you’re probably met with hour long queues. This is easily one of the top contenders in our Bak Kwa list.

What differentiates them from the rest is their commitment to the marinade. Essentially, this means that your Bak Kwa remains in its gloriously glazed crunchy texture – the way it’s originally meant to be.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm
  • People’s Park Food Centre, #01-1022
  • Price: ~$28 for 500g, ~$60 for 1kg

Kim Peng Hiang

Source: Miss Tam Chiak

Almost as equally delicious as the original flavours, their claim to fame rests in their Pineapple flavour Bak Kwa! Kim Peng Hiang also strives to

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9am to 6pm
  • 465 Changi Road
  • Price: ~$24 for 500g, ~$48 for 1kg

Kim Hock Guan

Source: Kim Hock Guan 

Operating since 1905, Kim Hock Guan easily remains as one of the oldest Bak Kwa stores in town. Instead of using mince pork, their unique recipe calls for traditionally sliced pork, giving their Bak Kwa a completely new mouth feel.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Fri, 10am to 7pm. Sat, 10am to 8pm. Sun, 11am to 7pm.
  • Chinatown Outlet: Fook Hai Building, #01-02
  • Bugis Outlet: The Bencoolen, #01-25
  • Price: ~$28 for 500g, ~$56 for 1kg

Sang Hock Guan

Source: Sang Hock Guan, Visit Singapore

One of the smaller family owned businesses in this list, don’t be mislead by their apparent lack of retail customers. Their CNY snacks are often quickly sold out during the peak lunar new year periods.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm
  • Block 163 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-446
  • Price: ~$27.50 for 500g, ~$55 for 1kg

Kim Joo Guan

Source: Kim Joo Guan 

Using only chilled 100% Australian grained-fed fresh pork, you know they take their Bak Kwa craft very seriously here. For a sweeter, more natural tasting Bak Kwa, this is place you want to order from.

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 9.30am to 8.30pm
  • 257 South Bridge Road
  • Price: ~$27.50 for 500g, ~$55 for 1kg

New Eastern Kim Tee

bak kwa on green plate kim tee
Source: Kim Tee | Instagram

Boasting 100% handmade Bak Kwa products, their barbecued meats are noticeably thinner than their competitors.

So, if you’re looking for a cleaner bite, this is the establishment for you. Plus, they’ve got 5 outlets islandwide, perfect for all you last minute shoppers out there!

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 9pm
  • Main Outlet: 22 Maju Ave, Serangoon Garden
  • 2nd Outlet: 210 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-69
  • 3rd Outlet: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-112
  • 4th Outlet: 147 Potong Pasir Ave 1, #01-85
  • 5th Outlet: Tangs Orchard
  • Price: ~$28 for 500g, ~$56 for 1kg

Peng Guan Bak Kwa

peng guan bak kwa on table
Source: Peng Guan Bak Kwa | Facebook

Unfortunately, their online/call orders have been temporarily halted due to overwhelming demand and you know what this means. Walk-ins are still welcome so get yours while stocks last!

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 8am to 8pm
  • Chinatown Complex, #02-36
  • Price: ~$24 for 500g, ~$48 for 1kg

Kim Hock Seng

bak kwa
Source: @doudoupea | Instagram

Did you know… the owner/chef of Kim Hock Seng still insists on making and cooking Bak Kwa in its original round shape form before cutting it into its widely known square shape!

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10.30am to 10.30pm
  • 570 Geylang Road, Lorong 34
  • Price: ~$24 for 500g, ~$48 for 1kg 

Hu Zheng Long

bak kwa durian
Source: @augustgay78 | Instagram

Intend to surprise your guests this Lunar New Year with never seen before Bak Kwa flavours? Then lookout for Crocodile meat or Durian-flavoured Bak Kwa at this establishment!

  • Opening Hours: Daily, 10am to 8pm
  • Main Outlet: 14 Sago Street
  • 2nd Outlet: 272 SouthBridge Road
  • Price: ~$25 for 500g, ~$50 for 1kg

Friendly Vegetarian

vegetarian bak kwa
Source: Seth Lui 

Who says being vegetarian needs to be boring? Satisfy your Bak Kwa cravings with Friendly Vegetarian’s 100% vegetarian “Bak Kwa”, made from soy beans and other vegetarian friendly ingredients.

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat, 8am to 6pm. Public Holidays, 8am to 1pm.
  • Main Outlet: Block 421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-1165
  • 2nd Outlet: Block 14 Pasir Panjang #01-24, Wholesale Centre
  • Price: ~$5.35 for 200g

Fragrance

Bak kwa fragrance
Source: Fragrance 

No time to buy Bak Kwa? You can buy it online on Redmart or Shopee and have it delivered to your doorstep! By now, Fragrance is a household name to many Singaporeans, and their Bak Kwa outlets can be found in many shopping mall outlets, so it will be easy for you to grab a pack on your way home as well!

  • Opening Hours: Varies
  • Outlets: Located throughout Singapore
  • Price: ~$28 for 500g

New Peng Hiang

new peng hiang bak kwa
Source: Qoo10

Similar to Fragrance, you can skip the queue and order New Peng Hiang’s Bak Kwa on many different e-commerce platforms. New Peng Hiang’s Bak Kwa comes thickly cut, with bits of fats that seems compressed into the meat.

  • Opening Hours: NIL
  • Outlets: Available at various Sheng Siong outlets, online, and on Redmart, Shopee and Qoo10
  • Price: ~$25 for 500g

Bee Cheng Hiang

bee cheng hiang bak kwa
Source: Bee Cheng Hiang

Not forgetting Singapore’s favourite household bak kwa brand, Bee Cheng Hiang boasts smoky rich bak kwa that has the right balance of sweet and savoury. You can get yours at one of the 48 outlets located across Singapore.

  • Opening Hours: Varies
  • Outlets: Located throughout Singapore
  • Price: ~$32.40 for 500g, $54 for 1kg

Lim Chee Guan

lim chee guan bak kwa
Source: Lim Chee Guan | Facebook

Another popular brand for the masses, Lim Chee Guan manufactures bak kwa exclusively in Singapore. With no 3rd party delivery vendor, the only way you can get their signature bak kwas is to pop by any of their 4 outlets in Singapore.

  • Opening Hours: Varies
  • Outlets: 4 Outlets – 203 New Bridge Road, People’s Park Centre Complex, Ion Orchard and Jewel Changi Airport
  • Price: ~$31 for 500g, $62 for 1kg

Buying Bak Kwa In Singapore

As Chinese New Year draws near, beat the queue early by getting your bak kwa at these favourite hot spots. Are there any really good bak kwas that we missed out? Let us know in the comments below!

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