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Angry Birds fever turns into Bak Kwa loving snack 0

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Angry birds are now everywhere. I see them in the malls, on commercials, soft toys and now, edibles! Who knows you can turn angry birds into food? Here's an idea if you're hit with a 3-o’ clock energy slump and if you have some Bak Kwa and bread in your pantry.

You can make it into low-calorie snack sandwich packed with protein, dairy and fiber all in 165 calories no more.

Hope your angry bird does more than just a pick-me-up for ya. Enjoy!

Quick afternoon fix with sandwich under 150 calories:

Protein: 3/4 pc of Bak Kwa Lite 65 calories

Dairy: 2% monterey jack cheese 60 calories

Fiber: Tomatoes 5 calories, handful of lettuce 0 calorie

Half a slice of fluffy white bread 30 calories

Skillet hashbrown jerky 0

Delicious jerky bak kwa skillet and hashbrown recipe mothers day special

This is a quick and easy, hearty breakfast hash brown with jerky (BBQ Bak Kwa) recipe that can be prepared with a non-stick skillet or omelet pan over the stove top. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and is the perfect breakfast to wow your mom this coming Mother’s Day. Our smoky  sweet jerky imparts that special flavor that is unlike any other. Try it and I’m sure you will soon be looking forward to breakfast!

How do I make it? Our cooking instructions are here: Mother's Day Special Entree Recipe

Bak Kwa is Ridiculously Good Charcuterie 0


Lots of people who have tried Bak Kwa (pronounced /Bah-Coo-Ah/) asked us just what is it?

Well, many has likened our Bak Kwa to jerky because of it's snack-like, grab and go characteristic of a protein packed meat snack. But unlike jerky that's typically dehydrated and salt cured, Bak Kwa requires extensive crafting - you've got to select whole meat with just the right amount of marble, grind them but not to finely, then marinate for at least 24 hours, form and finally grill each piece of meat until they're perfectly caramelized with just the right amount of burnt ends.

The end result is smoky, juicy, savory-sweet Bak Kwa that's really addictive. It's different from your regular jerky from gas station, it won't cost you your molar and certainly deserves better to be labeled as jerky.

We gave it a lot of thoughts and found another word for it: Southeast Asian Charcuterie.

It is Southeast Asian because of where Bak Kwa (or Bak Kua) originates from Southeast Asian countries Singapore and Malaysia. Charcuterie means the art of cooking and crafting meat products. So here you have it!

A little bit of interesting history: 

Charcuterie is particularly well developed in regions and countries where rearing pigs has been a long standing tradition, such as the Auvergne, Alsace, Italy and Germany in the West; to China, Japan and Russia on the other side of the world.  Historically, the Roman porcella law fixed the manner of rearing, feeding, slaughtering and preparing pork, and recorded literature speculated that the Romans were probably the instigators of pork butchery as a trade.  It wasn’t until 1475 that, in France, an edict of the provostship of Paris granted to maÎtres chayrcutiers-saucissiers-boudiniers the right to sell cooked and prepared pork flesh (and also fish during Lent).  In 1476, these tradesmen formed a special category, distinct from the roaster (or oyers, with whom they have been confused until then), but they still formed part of the corporation of butchers.  Later in 1513, the chaircuitiers (from chair, ‘flesh’ and cuit, ‘cooked’) gained the right to lay in a supply of pork meat directly, without being obliged to go to the butchers.

In Pan-asian countries like Singapore and Malaysia, charcuterie is also fondly called Bak Kwa. It is a favorite meat snack and well-received gifts during festivals such as the Lunar New Year. It is considered a delicacy and certainly worth it's weight in gold because of how delicious it is.