Lim Chee Guan (Chinatown) (林志源)
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Lim Chee Guan's bak kwa is probably the most sought after during the Chinese New Year period. Be prepared to queue for hours as it will be common for hordes of customers to queue up just to get a pack of bak kwa.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that Lim Chee Guan takes top spot for the longest bak kwa ($44 per kg) queue every year in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year. The shop really doesn’t need the extra publicity, but truly, its bak kwa is in a league of it’s own. The meat was very well-marinated, with a great balance of sweet and savoury flavors. The robust, umami flavours burst in our mouths as we chewed on the tender and succulent meat. It also had a lovely, subtle smokiness. However, this was also the fattiest bak kwa in our round-up, which could prove a bit too rich for some. Also, we detected that the oil was slightly rancid in some pieces.
For the full review and photos please visit http://thehungrygeek.com/2016/01/20/lim-chee-guan-bak-kwa/ and http://thehungrygeek.com/2016/02/01/top-5-best-bak-kwa-in-singapore/
Lim Chee Guan has the most consistent and delicious bak kwa in Singapore right now. During the festive Chinese New Year period, expect to queue for upwards of half an hour for their famous bak kwa at their main shop in Chinatown.
Whether you get the sliced pork or minced pork versions, the most important characteristic of delicious bak kwa is super soft tenderness. Most of the famous and well know chains have got the taste down, but they are extremely inconsistent when it comes to the toughness of their bak kwa. As someone to consumes upwards of 10kg of bak kwa a year from all the different sellers, I always groan when I bite into a bak kwa and find it rubber tough.
Lim Chee Guan has never let me down in this regard. If you purchase their delicious bak kwa from their main shop at Chinatown, so far I have a 100% satisfaction rate over all the years. On the other hand, certain other chains will disappoint approximately 50% of the time. Lim Chee Guan’s bak kwa has also a distinct delicious fragrance that is a tad sweeter than the norm. The result is the ultimate bak kwa in Singapore, with super soft and tender bak kwa coupled with an addictive delicious taste. Please eat this in moderation, it is addictive enough to finish upwards of 3 slices each time. We rate this super addictive bak kwa 4.5/5.
Every year during Chinese New Year, I keep telling myself not to face the crazy queue for Lim Chee Guan’s bak kwa (sliced barbeque pork), which can take up to 6 hours.
Lim Chee Guan's bak kwa is one of the better ones around town, the texture is tender and flavourful, and worth the carbs. It actually tastes better out of Chinese New Year period (plus no queue!), and after trying the different types (even prawn bak kwa), the signature pork flavour and the bacon strips taste the best IMHO. Read more: http://spunktitud3.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/limcheeguan/