“Bak Kwa” is the one of the quintessential foods to have during the Chinese New Year period – those thinly-sliced grilled pork with succulent tenderness and earthy sweetness.
FYRE Singapore is one home-grown Bak Kwa brand you should look out for, bringing exciting flavours including their famed Lycheewood 1945 (Singapore’s First Lycheewood Smoked Bak Kwa), Mala Xiang Guo, and Lycheewood Pineapple 1945 Bak Kwa.
Yes, probably Singapore’s first Mala Xiang Guo flavoured Bak Kwa.
With many years of experience in the F&B industry, the team from FYRE Singapore blends traditional recipes with state-of-the-art technology in preparation and packaging.
Here are 8 things about FYRE Singapore’s Bak Kwa:
1. FYRE Singapore’s selection of Bak Kwa are made of premium meat slices using a combination of pork loin and pork jowl.
2. The use of these two cuts provides that tender, juicy and succulent sensation in each bite.
3. The meat slices are then smoked over lychee wood and applewood for many hours to infuse the flavours more deeply within the meat.
4. This method is actually inspired from how Peking Duck are smoked in China. Lychee wood is traditionally used for smoking these ducks as it is easily flammable.
Using lychee wood also produces a mildly-sweet and aromatic-charred flavour; and ensures that moisture and juiciness are better encapsulated.
5. Applewood is also used to in the process to infuse a sweet and fruity flavour which can be light and refreshing.
6. FYRE Singapore was probably the first to introduce a one-of-a-kind Mala Xiang Guo Bak Kwa – inspired by one of Singapore’s most trending dishes of Mala Xiang Guo cooked with Sichuan spices.
7. They R&D-ed for a long time, using up almost 400 kilograms of meat and spices before finding the ‘perfect’ recipe for the Mala Xiang Guo Bak Kwa.
8. FYRE Singapore’s Bak Kwa slices are individually vacuum-packed, making it convenient for storage, and locking in the moisture and freshness of every piece.
Here are the FYRE Singapore’s signatures that will start your Chinese New Year with a blast:
Lycheewood 1945 ($128 for 1kg)
Being a purveyor of premium meat since 1945, FYRE Singapore leveraged on traditional techniques and created the Lycheewood 1945 Bakkwa with modern day expertise.
Through research, they found out that by fusing pork jowl and loin, the combination of meats helps produce the most succulent and juicy textures for grilling the slices.
The meat is then marinated with 36 spices for a month (yes, that long) to bring a richer and more robust savour.
Both lychee wood and apple wood used in the smoking process, after which the slices are barbecued slowly and carefully over a charcoal masonry.
Before eating, you could even take a piece up to smell that alluring mild-smoky fragrance.
What I liked best was the texture actually – the slice was firm yet not too hard or fatty. And not too nua (soft) at all.
As for the taste, you get the sweetness from the marinate and also the earthy flavours due to the smoking.
Lycheewood Pineapple 1945 ($148 for 1kg)
One of the most classic items during CNY is the pineapple tarts aka Ong Lai which means “fortune and wealth” for the New Year.
This is a brand-new introduction of the brand, in which fresh and imported pineapples are used in the preparation process.
Other than being a ‘prosperity’ symbol, the pineapples with the juices and fibrous flesh act as an organic ‘tenderiser’ to further elevate the texture – making it soft without losing the meaty quality.
This is also to give that natural fruity-sweetness to the sliced meats.
These meat slices are also smoked with Lychee and Applewood to bring extra depth.
Mala Xiang Guo ($138 for 1kg)
Mala has been the one of the ongoing food trends in Singapore the past few years, and shows no signs of stopping.
The mala at FYRE is prepared by frying the spices over high heat in a wok to bring out the robust and full-bodied flavours, and infusing the smokiness into the meats.
So is this spicy?
I would say kind of. You get that numbness feeling and spiciness that is distinctive and yet not overwhelming.
Therefore, you taste the mala but yet it does not overpower the flavours of the meat. This is possibly the favourite of the three flavours.
Tip: Put them into your oven-toaster for a couple of seconds, then wrap them in bread to make a Mala Bak Kwa sandwich.
If you would like to get a taste of the best of both worlds, then order the following Combo packages:
FYRE Lychee Combo ($158)
500g Lycheewood 1945 + 500g Mala Xiang Guo
FYRE Classic Combo ($168)
500g Lycheewood 1945 + 500g Lycheewood Pineapple 1945
FYRE Pineapple Combo ($178)
500g Mala Xiang Guo + 500g Lycheewood Pineapple 1945
Shop for your favourite Bak Kwa now at https://fyresg.com.
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with FYRE Singapore. Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape.