Pork Bak Kwa (Asian Pork Jerky) Recipe

Pork Bak Kwa (Asian Pork Jerky) Recipe

Don’t be intimidated by the amount of minced pork to be used. The product will shrink during the cooking process.

By the way, if you can’t find the ingredients in your local grocery store, we have curated some products in our shop to help you out. We recommend the Nordic Ware 1/2 size baking sheet in our cooking tools section. Using this pan size will allow the flattened meat mixture to have a nice big surface area to sit and cook evenly.

Pork Bak Kwa

June 7, 2017
: Approximately 2 pounds
: 30 min
: 60 min
: 90 min
: Intermediate


  • Ingredients:
  • 5 lb. minced, unseasoned Pork
  • 7.5 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 5 Tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 5 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 5 Tbsp cooking wine
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 teaspoons 5 - spice powder
  • Honey mixture for glazing (I mix 1/2 cup of honey with 5 Tbsp of water)
  • 1/2 Sheet Baking Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Parchment Paper
  • Step 1 Put all ingredients (except honey mixture for glaze) in a big bowl and start mixing them with a pair of chopsticks
  • Step 2 Blend and stir the meat mixture in one direction until the meat becomes gluey
  • Step 3 Portion out the meat into two equal portions
  • Step 4 Place parchment paper onto 1/2 sheet baking sheet
  • Step 5 Place one meat mixture portion onto baking pan and cover with a big cling wrap
  • Step 6 Take the rolling pin and roll meat mixture to about 3-5mm
  • Step 7 Put the parchment paper with ground meat on the baking sheet and bake at 300F for 30 minutes on first side
  • Step 8 After 30 minutes, flip the meat onto the other side and bake for another 30 minutes or until the meat is solid to touch. (Just lift up one corner, if it feels like a rubber mat, it is done)
  • Step 9 Remove the meat from the oven
  • Step 10 Brush the cooked meat with some honey/water mixture
  • Step 11 Cut it into size or shape of your preference
  • Step 12 If you have a BBQ grill, you can grill the Bak Kwa pieces directly for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown
  • Step 13 If you don’t have a grill, set your oven’s broiler to low and broil the Bak Kwa for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown
  • Step 14 Keep close watch while grilling, so it doesn’t burn
  • Step 15 Let cool.
  • Step 16 Bak Kwa can be stored in a tupperware container with lid and refrigerated
  • Step 17 Refresh the pieces by heating them up in microwave for about 15 seconds
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2 thoughts on “Pork Bak Kwa (Asian Pork Jerky) Recipe”

  • I’m wondering if this recipe can be put on the bbq instead of starting out in the oven? If so, what are the specific directions for cooking on the bbq only? I wasn’t quite sure from your recipe if it’s a ‘must’ to do the oven baking and I was hoping to skip that step.

    • Hi Mar Eds,
      Great question! Since the meat mixture has to be “dried out” or jerkied, the oven baking is a must. If you place it directly on the grill, it will cook like a grilled patty instead of a jerky style texture. And it most likely will fall apart. BBQ after the drying process will give the jerky a nice, smoky finish. I hope that you have success with the recipe. Let me know if I can help you out at anytime! Yummily yours. Cindy

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