Pork Jerky (Bak Kua/肉干)



无鱼肉也好, 无鸡鸭也好, 新年肉干不能少! Translate: “Substitute pork for fish, duck for chicken, but there is no substitute for Bak Kua during Chinese New Year!”. I heard Bak Kua costs $53/kg in SG, these are priceless to me in the US. Just seeing the Bak Kua in a familiar Bee Cheng Hiang box makes me feel like Chinese New Year is in the air. Costs me 5 bucks. 洋洋得意!(Happy!)

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Serves: depends on self-control


  • 500g minced pork
  • 2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp shao xing wine
  • 1 Tbsp kecap manis (indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 1/4 tsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 6 drops red food coloring


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F in convection bake mode.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Divide into two portions.
  3. Line cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  4. Place one portion of the marinated meat on parchment paper and lay a piece of cling wrap the same size as the parchment paper over the meat.
  5. Roll out the meat to 3-4mm thick with a rolling pin. Remove the cling wrap.
  6. Grill in convection oven at 250 degrees F for 17mins to dry up the meat.
  7. Turn up the heat to 350 degrees F in convection bake mode and grill for another 10 mins.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 mins. Using a pizza wheel, cut the grilled meat into desired sizes.
  9. Return to oven and grill at 400 degrees F in convection mode for another 3 mins until the edges of the slices are charred.
  10. Remove from oven again and let the jerky cool to the desired temperature.
  11. Repeat steps 3-10 for the remaining portion.
  12. Chomp away and feel like it is Chinese New Year.


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