I have a very real (albeit selfish) complaint about this Candied Bacon Bak Kwa, this sweet and spicy snack in a little bag with the cute piggy on the front. My complaint? The package says three servings, but my tongue and my tastebuds say, "um.... one?" So, if you like bacon, if you like jerky, if you like things smoky and crazy flavorful and a little sweet, here it is. All of those likes have come together in a magical unicorns-and-rainbows treat called bak kwa, morsels of pure joy disguised as a savory-sweet Singaporian street food. Cancel your social engagements and snuggle in with a book and this treat.
Hoo-boy. Bak kwa. I'd never heard of such a thing before about a month ago, when I found myself with this lovely pig-decorated package. Once opening it and taking the first of many bites, I knew this was a game-changer. The name is from a popular snack food in Singapore, the recipe adapted for modern primal values and convenient snacking.
All the components of highly delectable snack work incredibly together — smoky, salty, sweet, and a perfect touch of spice from chili pepper, a true umami flavor explosion. You know how General Tso's Chicken just works so well? That spicy, sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy yet chewy thing? This is like General Tso's Bacon.
And this is a bacon snack at its best: rich flavors and slow-roasted to perfection. We are so thrilled to bring you Little Red Dot's Uncured Hickory Smoked Spicy Candied Bacon. Bak kwa lovers have given it a thumbs up as a perfect snack for foodies. And foodies? We're giving it a thumbs up too. As a matter of fact, this might be one of the most delicious things we have eaten, period. Besides the incredible flavor, the texture of this stuff is indescribably amazing — think of bacon, not overly crisp like it's been left on the stovetop for too long, but with perfectly-rendered fatty pieces marbled through — amazing porky goodness that melts in your mouth while you nibble through some of the chewier bits. This is snack perfection.
First, great ingredients. High quality sourcing is the most important part of putting good food in your mouth.
Let's start with the pigs. Sustainably and humanely raised on family farms by domestic hog farmers, these hogs are 100% traceable back to their origin. Happy pigs means happy eatin' on every level.
Pork and Bacon - sourced from American Homestead Pork where animals are fed with non-GMO verified grains.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon is harvested from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree by being dried into quills or sticks and then ground into a powder. Uses of cinnamon for food and health date back to early Christianity and the ancient Egyptians.
Green Tea - Green Tea is a tea cultivated from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It originated in China and is now known for its wide range of health benefits. Green tea extract is used to capture the powerful ingredients of the tea leaves.
Little Red Dot's classic bak kwa (Pork Bak Kwa, Turkey Bak Kwa) is often enjoyed lightly reheated to release its caramelization and fresh-off-the-grill deliciousness. We recommend lightly toasting for 2-3 minutes at 350ºF, or microwaved for 15 seconds.
It's fun, seriously. Say it five times fast and I assure you a smile will creep over your face.
Our facility has not been certified Gluten Free. However, all ingredients we source are free of gluten, dairy and nuts. All protein are also without growth hormones, antibiotics or artificial anything!
Marbling (or fat deposits) are more common in our Pork Bak Kwa as Pork are naturally higher in fat content than its poultry or beef counterparts. Fat deposits are usually whitish and slightly translucent (below image is an example of fat deposits). Simply toast or microwave quickly for 15 seconds to bring back the smoky-char!