Bak Kwa, or barbecued meat, is a dried sweetmeat usually made from pork and is a must-have during Chinese New Year in Singapore, resulting in long queues at popular bak kwa shops across the country.

Bak kwa, or rou gan (肉干) as it is known in Mandarin, literally means “dried meat”. It hails from China’s Fujian province where in olden times, meat was considered a luxury and making bak kwa was one way of preserving it.