500g minced pork
Thai fish sauce 1 tbsp
Chinese cooking wine (hua tiao jiu) 1.5 tbsp
Light soya sauce 1 tbsp
Dark soya sauce 3/4 tbsp
Sugar 1/2 cup OR (3 parts sugar with 1 part honey)
Five spice powder 1 tsp
Corn flour – 1/2 tbsp (add more if your marinated meat is too wet)
Char siew paste (optional to give a nice red hue)
1. Marinate the minced pork with all seasoning and mix well.
2. After 15 mins I will grill a small piece with greased happycall pan to test the taste. If satisfied I will start to shape the minced pork. Otherwise I will adjust my seasoning.
3. Place a big spoonful of minced pork into a clean plastic pouch and use rolling pin to spread the pork till thin and even. Continue until you finished up the minced pork.
4. Place inside freezer and you may start bbq-ing your bak kwa the next day.
5. To grill the bak kwa, cut open the plastic pouch and carefully remove the thin sheet of bak kwa from the pouch.
6. Heat the happycall pan with little oil and grill 2 pieces of bak kwa at one go. When one side is done, flip to the other side to grill.
7. The color is dark brown on the pan but will turn maroon red when its cooled.
8. After every round, remove the char sugar residue on the pan to ensure color quality for every batch.
1. The bak kwa is much softer in texture compared to those selling outside.
2. I realised by using baking sheets to store is much easier. Cut 2 pieces of baking sheets into slightly bigger than your desired bak kwa size. Scoop a spoonful of the meat onto the center of one sheet and place another sheet on top. Roll until you get the thickness you want. With 500g of meat I can make about 10 pieces. Freeze until you are ready to cook.
3. Not necessary to use happycall pan, I did it with normal non-stick pan as well. Heat up the pan and place the frozen bak kwa (together with baking sheets) onto the pan. Flip to the other side and when the meat is slightly cooked, remove the sheets and continue to grill your bak kwa until it gives a nice slightly charred at the sides look ;)
4. If you are not using honey to marinate, you could also brush some honey while grilling. It gives a quick caramelize effect.