Can you freeze bak kwa?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze bak kwa?” Also, we’ll explore how bak kwa can be frozen, how bak kwa can be defrosted, what bak kwa is, what the nutritional content of bak kwa is, and whether or not it is healthy to eat. 

Can you freeze bak kwa

Yes, users can freeze bak kwa in the freezer. To extend its shelf life, fresh bak kwa should be frozen within the first three days of purchase as, during this brief time, it will be at peak freshness. 

Frozen bak kwa can be preserved for up to one month, whereas in refrigeration, it can be preserved for only one week. 

Bak kwa may be available year-round, though it is especially valued in the days leading up to the Lunar new year celebrations. 

During this holiday season, users may be inclined to preserve it for later consumption and can do so by freezing it. 

Below, we’ll discuss how users can freeze bak kwa. 

How can I freeze bak kwa

Freezing bak kwa requires that users flash freeze it in individual layers. This can be done by laying out the bak kwa in single layers, over a baking sheet and placing it in the freezer until it solidifies. 

Once frozen, the bak kwa can be stored in a heavy-duty freezer bag, or a freeze-resistant container. 

Frozen, it can be preserved for up to one month, although there is no consensus on its quality or safety after this period. 

How can I defrost bak kwa

Bak kwa can be defrosted by taking it out of the freezer and leaving it to thaw out in the refrigerator. 

If time is of the essence, it can be heated in the microwave for short intervals (1-2 minutes) until it crackles, or it can be steamed. 

What is bak kwa

Bak kwa alludes to a dried meat product that is glazed with a salty-sweet preserve. The meat itself can be sourced from beef, mutton, pork, or even chicken.   

Making bakkwa requires drying thinned-out portions of meat on racks, at temperatures between 50°C to 60°C, and then coated in glazing that is made with soy sauce, sugar, salt, and various spices. 

The preservation technique is of Chinese heritage and is referred to as rougan in Mandarin, though in different Southeast Asian countries, the meat can vary. 

It can, for example, be grilled instead of dried, and the flavor of the glazing varies from the different spices and concentrations used. 

What is the nutritional content of bak kwa

The exact nutritional content of bak kwa will depend on how it is glazed and seasoned, as well as where the meat is sourced from. 

For reference, a 1-oz (28-gram) portion of pork bak kwa will provide: 

  • 130 calories – 45 of which are from fat
  • 15 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of fat (8% of the RDI) – of which 2 grams are saturated fat (10% of the recommended daily intake)
  • 7 grams of carbohydrates – that are sugar (2% of the RDI)
  • 15 milligrams of cholesterol 5% of the RDI
  • 140 milligrams of sodium – 6% of the RDI 

Additionally, the same portion may provide 2% of the RDI of vitamin A. 

*RDI is based on a diet of 2000 calories a day. 

Is eating bak kwa healthy? 

When consumed occasionally and in small portions, bak kwa should have no adverse effects on a person’s health. 

However, consuming in excess may lead to an overload of calories, sodium, and fat.

As it is processed meat, bak kwa should be consumed sparingly and its consumption shouldn’t exceed over 70 grams a day. 

Regular consumption of processed meats is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stomach cancer, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, and other health issues. 

We advise our readers to be mindful of their daily calorie intake and to always combine the consumption of foods high in calories with a balanced diet and aerobic exercise. 


In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze bak kwa?” Also, we’ve explored how bak kwa can be frozen, how bak kwa can be defrosted, what bak kwa is, what the nutritional content of bak kwa is, and whether or not it is healthy to eat. 



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