For some reason, if you asked any Singaporean expat what he or she wants back from Singapore, there’s a pretty good chance they would ask for bak kwa. In Singapore, for all your convenient snacking needs, they even sell it individually vacuum-sealed in tiny bite-sized packs, looking, as the astute observational skills of an English colleague of mine noted, uncannily like packets of meat condoms (I tsk tsk’ed him and his gutter mind but . . . he does have a point).
You can eat it on its own, grilled, heated up in the microwave, between slices of toast, with scoops of rice, whatever. Incredibly moreish and probably not the best thing to have within reaching distance if you are on a diet. And definitely not the best thing to confuse with your regular contraceptive. Well, unless you are kinky like that.
[Bonus shameless plug! Look out for our cookbook “A Singaporean Supperclub Cookbook (or how to subvert Singaporean culinary misconceptions, avert stir-fry calamities, make your Nyonya grandmother weep with joy and other badass kitchen skills)” With a title like that, you know it will be better than all your other cookbooks. And you will get a free hug too!]