Category Archives: Chinese New Year

Bak Kwa from Lim Chee Guan

Lim Chee Guan
Main Branch:
203 New Bridge Road
Tel: 6227 8302
1 Park Road #01-25 People’s Park Complex
Tel: 6535 0927
Website: (under construction)

If you want to eat bak kwa (barbequed pork), this would be THE place to go to.  If you don’t believe, try queuing for a packet of their bak kwa before Chinese New Year.  Be prepared to wait at least an hour before you can even place your order.

What I like about their bak kwa is that it’s made of minced pork, and not sliced pork.  Although many will argue that sliced pork is the most authentic bak kwa, I take into consideration my parents’ poor teeth when they try to bite into a piece of sliced pork bak kwa. 

Now, what I don’t like about their bak kwa here is that it tends to be a little bit sweeter than the Kim Hock Guan’s one.  Perhaps this helps to make the bak kwa last longer. 

What’s interesting here is that they bother to separate the non-spicy rou sui (mini bak kwa) from the chilli ones.  Most bak kwa stores I know don’t do that, so you get a true mix of everything including the beef ones.  So generally I don’t buy rou sui as mom does not take beef. 

Prices as at 20 January 2008 go for:- S$12 for 300g of non-chilli mini bak kwa, S$28 for 600g of non-chilli minced pork bak kwa and S$29 for chilli minced pork bak kwa.  Be warned – prices here do go up as it draws closer to Chinese New Year.

  • If you pay using your UOB credit card, you get a complimentary voucher for a 150g pack of fish or chicken floss with every S$300 spent.  Valid from 8 January to 21 February 2008.

Bak Kwa from Kim Hock Guan

Kim Hock Guan packaging Kim Hock Guan Bak Kwa from Kim Hock Guan
Kim Hock Guan
Main Branch:
#01-02 Fook Hai Building Tel: 6535 2536
Outlet 1:
455 Geylang Road Tel: 6743 4577
Outlet 2:
#01-25 The Bencoolen Tel: 6835 7118
Blk 3017 Bedok North Street 5 #04-03 Tel: 6243 9394

Last Chinese New year (2007), they had the longest queue that we’ve ever seen coz they were nominated the best bak kwa (barbequed dried pork) in Singapore in the “Bak Kwa Index” by The Straits Times.  Unfortunately, that was the only time we saw them having long queues coz they seemed to disappear after CNY.  This was at the main branch in Fook Hai Building.

Their bak kwa is a bit tougher than the ones from Lim Chee Guan or Bee Chun Hiang coz they used sliced pork instead of minced pork (they don’t have minced pork available).  A kg of this today costs S$45 (or S$27 for 600g – picture above shows 600g of bak kwa).  I’m not too sure if the price will increase closer to the CNY this year.

What I love about their packaging is that it comes in a resealable bag instead of the simply vacuumed ones (see picture above).  This means I can recycle the bag instead of disposing after I’ve opened up the package.  Must applaud this company for going green in this way.

The bak kwa can keep for 2 weeks in room temperature.  If you want to keep it longer, put it in the fridge and it’ll last 3 weeks.

I expect that the queue will start from next week onwards, so if you want to beat the queue, go today!  There’s literally 1 or 2 persons in front of me when I purchased it during lunch time today (17 Jan 2008).

This review can also be found on TheLocalKing.

Chicken Pie from Don’s

Prune Lapis  Chicken Pie
Don Your Personal Pie Club
20 Cross Street, #01-34/35/36, China Square Central
Tel: 6327 4344
Opening Hours: 8am to 9pm, Mon-Fri and 8am to 5pm, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Their best selling item would be their chicken pie which comes in 3 types – normal chicken pie, kid’s chicken pie (non-spicy) and vegetable pie (without chicken but is spicy).  The next best selling item would be their kueh lapis which comes in 2 flavours – prune lapis and normal lapis.  Other items include cheesecake which also tastes just as great.

Click here for their menu and prices (Don’s Pie Club).  They also do delivery for Chinatown areas.  Call them to check what’s the minimum delivery order (different areas mean different minimum orders).

Muffins from Chocolat N’ Spice

Chocolat N’ Spice
Outlet 1:
Blk 320 #02-12 Shunfu Road (Shunfu Mart)
Tel: 9383 0413
Opening Hours: Tue to Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm
                              Sat: 10.00am – 2.30pm
                              Closed on Mon & Sun
Outlet 2:
Blk 1 #01-18 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Tel: 9276 2110
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 8.30am to 6pm
                             Sat: 8.30am to 3pm
                             Closed on Sundays
                             From October 2007, opening hours are from Tue to Sat: 8.30am to 4.30pm 

Helmed by Mary Chan (with help from her 2 sisters), who once was a pastries chef at Hotel Intercontinental and The Oriental, as well as supervisor of pastries in the now-defunct The Lighthouse restaurant at Fullerton Hotel, Chocolat N’ Spice draws long queues every day.

People come far and wide to have a taste of the delicious muffins, seafood quiches, pizzas, cheesecakes, peach flan and brownies.  Prices for the delicious muffins go between S$1 to S$1.20.  My advice? Go during off-peak hours or else, as usual, be prepared to wait and wait and wait.

Chocolat N’ Spice @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza (tel. 9276 2110) also accepts phone orders after 5.30pm (min. order 25 pcs).  Chocolat N’ Spice @ Shunfu (tel. 9383 0413) accepts phone orders only on Tuesday & Thursdays between 4 to 8pm (min. order 25 pcs).  Also call them at least 3 days in advance for regular size cake orders.

Also not listed on the their menu (Chocolat N’ Spice Menu) for muffins is the carrot & raisin (S$1.00).

Chocolat N Spice has released its Chocolate N Spice Chinese New Year Menu. Please place your order before 31 January 2008 (Thursday).