Monday, February 4, 2013

Bak Kwa / Pork Jerky ( 肉干 )


Never thought that i would be making my own bak kwa at home. I was really delighted when i saw Sonia doing it last year, it is something that i never thought that it can be done at home without predrying them under the sun and always thinking that it needs a long list of ingredients to make a good tasty bak kwa. I said to myself that i must do it someday and that someday comes now, a year later! I must really thank sonia , not only that i can make my own bak kwa at home now, it's also so easy to make, more hygienic and i'm sure everyone can make this too!

When the bak kwas were out from the oven, i really cant wait to taste that. it's very nice! just the taste of honey is a little strong for me but that's not a problem at all! I can  reduce the honey slightly little for my next batch, up to our own preference.  I was so excited to let my mother try , i told her that i've made some bak kwas and she gave me a look without words that tells , " are you very free?" she too thought that it's such a tedious thing to make bak kwas at home and thought that i have spent hours grilling and fanning them over charcoal. I could see the sparkles in her eyes when she tasted that...LOL! Mmmm.. .so tasty! she said and loves it very much and she loves the honey taste too. She too sounds excited after hearing how simple to make these and asked me 101 questions....she sounded like she wants to make them straight away! ha! Will be making another batch again very soon! Thanks again to Sonia! feel like giving sonia a Big Hug now !

spread the marinated meat on a tray thinly using fingers, i also flattened it using
the back of a spoon..then put it in the oven to bake
after baking, cut into squares. .remember to cut on all the sides too that stick on the tray..
i  overlooked that and resulted the sides to stick  on the tray after grilling but it's a small matter,
can be cut out easily :)
and put it back into the oven for grilling
the top side after grilling..
Flip them over and back to grill..

it's a little difficult to watch how browned and burnt they turned while in the oven
especially  the piece that's farthest from you..there's one over burnt here :0


Recipe ( from Nasi Lemak Lover )
i made this in a 11"x11" tray
Ingredients
450gm minced pork, with some fat ( mine was 400gms)
100gm sugar
1tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tbsp fish sauce
1tbsp oyster sauce
1tsp dark caramel sauce
1/8tsp five spice powder ( omitted )
dash of pepper
1/2tsp-3/4tsp salt ( had used 1/2tsp )
2tbsp honey

Method:
1. Put all ingredients in a big bowl and mix them with a pair of chopsticks. Blend and stir the mixture( using chopsticks) in one direction until the meat becomes gluey and sticky so that the meat wont break up .Store in the fridge for several hours or overnight.
2.Using your fingers, spread the marinated pork mixture thinly on the baking tray and bake at a preheated oven at 160C for 15mins ( mine for 17 mins). Remove from oven and set the temperature to 240C.
3.Wait till slightly cool, cut into desired size using scissors, knife or pizza cutter, place them on the same baking tray.
4.Grill using top heat only at 240C for 10mins ( mine for 11 mins)  remove from oven. Flip the meat over to the other side, wait till oven return to 240C and grill for 7 mins or until golden brown and slightly burnt. Done.

I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia of Nasi Lemak Lover

67 comments:

  1. Ooh....drooling looking at your pork jerky. Looks like store bought one and so good that we can make this at home.

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    1. thank you and really appreciate sonia's post!

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  2. i wonder, my old oven, without grill function,and i dont think my oven temperature can go to 240c, please advise will I able to make this bak kwa ?

    low

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    1. hmm...why not try pan frying in the wok?

      any readers with better suggestion can help low with this question?

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    2. low, i mean frying it in the wok after baking

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    3. thanks,Lena. Will try, haha, maybe will be after CNY.

      low

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  3. Hi Lena, I have never thought of making this. I shall try this next year! It looks really delicious. So much healthier to make it at home.

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  4. Hi Lena,
    This is so impressive. My boys loves Bak Kwa.
    Reading your sharing I am like going out to grab the ingredients and start right away..lol
    Oh yes, this seems so easy and I must try this.
    Thanks so much for sharing Sonia's wonderful recipe. Now I feel like I wanna give you a big bear hug you..lol
    mui

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  5. Hahaha, I know, totally agree with you, I think I've made this 4 times by now but not this CNY as I had made others. This can be made at anytime for me, hehehe! Your pork jerky looks like store-bought! Gong Hei Fatt Choy!

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    1. yes, can do it anytime of the year. why must we only eat bak kwa during cny??LOL!

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  6. I also never thought you are going to make some....kakakakak. how do they taste like? better than those selling outside i bet! pls bring some over on the 2nd Day of CNY :) I posted something in bff -fb.

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    1. i see i make another batch and save some for you :) NO wonder TKC early in the morning whatsapps me..

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  7. Hi Lena,

    I have baking these bak kwa too at home and posting these soon :D Yours look fantastic! I have to thank Sonia for this wonderful recipe because we can never find good bak kwa in Melbourne!

    Zoe

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    1. isnt it great to make your own bak kwas? maybe you can think to sell your bak kwas in mel now!

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  8. Ya I thought it will be real difficult to make this but actually it is not. I've been making it for a few years now to give it away since we can't get fresh good ones here. I just made mine yesterday. It turns out really good too and someone even offer to buy it from me :) I grill it on the BBQ stove as here in CA it is not too cold to be standing outside doing it.

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    1. that must be real tasty! at least grilling it on bbq is ok on a nice weather but here, it's extremely hot!

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  9. I made more of this yesterday too...I was too ambitious and prepared 2kg of minced meat! I nearly dropped dead by the time I am done:P How come your meat doesn't shrink after baking? Mine did by about 1 inch!

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    1. mine did shrunk a bit too. maybe about few cms. You see after baking, the pieces were close to each other and after grilling, you can see them apart, i didnt move them:)

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  10. Hi Lena,
    Looks so delicious! I wanted to make this today, went to the market and then realized, today the "chi-yok" stall is not opened because it is Monday!!
    Will make this tomorrow, I have been meaning to make this for so many years now, but you know, each year busy with cookies, wink, wink! I'm pretty excited to make this, the recipe I got was kept years ago, now got to compare and decide which one to make!

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    1. yeah, i was thinking to go and buy bones to make soup today then realised today is 'no pork' day. hahaha!make both of the recipes la!

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  11. Wow awesome. Tried my hand at this when I got my happy call pan and realised it was not worth the trouble back then. NOw you got me thinking using the oven. These days, bak kwa is at a ridiculous pricing!
    Yummm.... throw a piece over.

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    1. i dont know how much they are selling now but the last time i bought them was actually last CNY..RM30 over for just a few pieces :(

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  12. Wah!!! I also want to make! But I want lean lean meat lol! I know not nice but still can eat, heehee. Btw, can show what brand of the dark caramel sauce u use? Thanks harr Lena!

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    1. it's cheong chan 祥趁。。。lean meat is just as tasty..LOL!

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  13. Clap, clap!

    I was in awe and my jaw dropped when you said you made your own bak kwa~ My initial thought was the same as your mom's, haha!

    The final result is well baked, yummy looking and delicious!

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    1. yvonne, you can do this too at home, i'm pretty sure!

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  14. Lena, aiyoi! Now that I see your bak kwa I suddenly feel so motivated to make it hah! hah! I also saw Sonia's last year and thought that it is impossible to do it at home. We must give our Sifu a big hug, hor? So when are you making the roast duck? Hee..hee....

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    1. which roast duck? i forgot already :(
      sonia, where are you?? come come we want to give you a big hug! LOL!

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  15. Shaking head in disbelief, Bak Kwa also you can bake. lol on your mum's reaction.

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    1. yan, i bet you can make this too! Try it someday..afterall it';s just a small batch.

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  16. Wow, home made bak kwa, how very nice to have some! Must be very yummy and can eat it with peace of mind!

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  17. Thanks so much for posting this, Lena. I'm going to try this method - baking and grilling.

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    1. happy trying! then can save some to make bak kwa cookies again!

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  18. CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP!!! (Standing).....

    Wow! You all really impress me with all your preparation, baking and cooking during these days leading up to CNY!

    Take a bow!

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    1. oops, my reply is below ...after daphne's comment..see i told you..after baking one batch of cookies, i'm not in good shape already now!

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  19. hehe, i just posted exactly the same thing. It's such a wonderful recipe!! Mine is too thick. Yours look fabulous!

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    1. Thank you! i'm going over to see yours now!!

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  20. chef, dont hv to bow la...actually i'm quite slow doing all these cny baking..i only intend to make just a few..getting old..by night time, backache oredi!

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  21. Lena, Thank you very much for your big big shout out ^_^..Now i certified you as a qualify Bak Kwa seller, and you can start to sell Bak Kwa already hahaha..well done my friend..

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    1. thanks so much, sonia! i would not have thought doing this without your post..and remember i've tasted your bak kwas before so i know!

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  22. WOW! your bak kwa look really very yummy! I must try this recipe one of these days.

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  23. Wow bak kwa made from scratch at home! Yours look really delicious, Lena! I've never thought I can make them myself at home, hope to try it out one day!

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    1. actually quite many of have blog abt this, so i'm sure you will love it too!

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  24. wow ... these bak kwa look droolworthy, Lena. Thank you for sharing step-by-step tutorial.

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  25. I did my own bak kwa last year and love it a lot :)

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    1. yay! it's a good thing..i think it's not easy to get really nice bak kwas there, right?

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  26. Wow, Lena, your bak kwa is a total hit!! I love bak kwa, and now i know its not difficult to make at home, i will try it after the cny rush!

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  27. so many comments so far- this is a winner for sure. If only i would make pork belly for my husband like this. he would be sooooooo happy

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    1. love pork belly although this may be too fattening for the pork jerky :))

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  28. I truly want to try this!
    Can I ask, what do you mean by 'wait till the oven return to 240C'in item 4?

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    1. hi, how are you? when you open the oven door and remove the tray from the oven, the heat will escape from the oven causing the temperature to drop. Some ovens have an indicator that tells the temp has been changed so you just got to wait till the temp comes back to 240C ..if your oven doesnt have that indicator, that's fine..no problem..you just keep the grill on.

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  29. eileen, hundred eighty degreesFebruary 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Hi Lena, you are making me excited to make this too.: ) may I know what is caramel sauce? I have everything except that... tks

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  30. it looks dark just like dark soya sauce but taste a little different. I find them a little sweeter compared to the normal dark soya sauce. SOnia has a picture of this caramel sauce in her blog, you chk under her " pantry'" section.

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  31. Hahaha your mom's reaction initially was so funny! Your Bak kwa looks soooo professional! Maybe I should give it a go too hehe.

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  32. YUMMY! This is one of my favorite & yours look so sedap! I've bookmarked the same recipe from Sonia too , last year! Thought of making it this year but no time yet leh. My mini boss is down with a flu so making some esy CNY cookies with him! But CNY will last for 15 days, may be I can make some Bak kwa by then! Better late than never! LOL

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  33. Wow Lena, Great work! u r amazing :D

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  34. Super drool! I think os kinda late for me to make it for CNY but heck I will be making it for one of those days when I crave bak kwa. I am keen to cut down on the sugar...wonder how it will end up though.

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  35. Hi Lena,
    Good Good Work, salute you, you have such nice & delicious Bak Kwa, amazing you really can do it. Thanks for sharing the step by step of making these Bak Kwa, wanted to post comments at times for all those wonderful recipes but something was wrong with the internet explorer. Here I would like to Wish You & Family A Very Happy Chinese New Year with all good wishes too. Happy New Year !!!

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  36. Whoa...Lena, you're very hard working.lol.

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  37. You are so talented, even bak kua also can homemade, thumbs up!

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