Low Seng Kim
Blk 69 Geylang Bahru #01-53, Geylang Bahru Mkt & Food Ctr (Map) 5am – 12pm Mon
His main act is mee siam, but we noticed the unimaginatively packed stack of bak kwa lying atop his display shelf. It comes in torn bite sized bits and you just buy that zip-lock pack of it, open and tear in. It comes just sweet enough but not overly so. The minced pork is rendered a little rougher and it shows up in the texture but surprisingly, it is soft to the bite. You don't need to "fight" it like a tough jerky. Mr Lau makes them in a friend's factory, and you can tell this does not reek of the usual same ol’ same ol’ mass -produced recipe. It has an honest own-made touch to it.
Lim Chee Guan
203 New Bridge Rd (Map) https://www.limcheeguan.com.sg/ 9am – 9pm Daily
They are famous for their yearly kilometre-long queues during Chinese New Year and they limit how much one can buy then. The simple reason – it’s the way they barbeque those meats (which actually comes from a supplier). It has such a roasty aroma; grilled nicely through and well caramelised. The cuts are not overly thick and it is easy to chew in. The use of sugar and fish sauce as a base marinade (with a host of additional secret ingredient touches) makes this one very moreish. There's also the addictive bacon and chilli version (if you like it with some non-traditional heat in the meat). They offer a chicken and even a fish version (only for those who hate pork!). They have a few outlets but the original flagship action resides in this address. Word of advice – go during off Chinese New Year season as the wait can be up to 5 hours at least. You've been warned!
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