Bak kwa customers not put off by higher prices for CNY

Lim Chee Guan says it has increased its sliced bak kwa prices from $52 a kg during the non-festive period to $62 now because pork prices have been rising. People queueing up at Lim Chee Guan in Chinatown last Saturday to buy bak kwa. Despite a price
Lim Chee Guan says it has increased its sliced bak kwa prices from $52 a kg during the non-festive period to $62 now because pork prices have been rising.ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

High demand and costlier pork among reasons for rising price of festive treat

Barbecued pork slices are flying off the shelves as customers brave long lines to get their hands on the popular snack in the lead-up to the Chinese New Year in two weeks.

The high demand is having the usual effect on prices, with bak kwa brands like Fragrance, Kim Hock Guan and Kim Hua Guan up $3 to $10 in recent weeks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2020, with the headline 'Bak kwa customers not put off by higher prices for CNY'. Print Edition | Subscribe