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Long queues for "bak kwa" in Chinatown

In Chinatown especially, snaking long queues for this barbecued meat jerky many consider a delicacy during the festive season are not unusual, with some people waiting in line for more than seven hours.

SINGAPORE: One of the hottest snacks during Lunar New Year is "bak kwa" or dried barbecued pork.

In Chinatown especially, snaking long queues for this barbecued meat jerky many consider a delicacy during the festive season are not unusual, with some people waiting in line for more than seven hours.

And it seems customers are buying more - the owner of popular "bak kwa" shop Lim Chee Guan said his revenue has gone up by 10 per cent compared to last year.

Snaking long queues are a familiar sight every year for Lim Chee Guan which has three branches islandwide.

Managing director Rod Lim said long queues usually appear at their outlets a week or two before the Lunar New Year.

This year, people have started queuing up three weeks before the Lunar New Year.

Lim Chee Guan said two of its outlets have been operating for 24 hours from Thursday.

Its online sales have also gone up by 10 per cent.

Mr Lim added that the queues at their outlets are expected to grow as it gets closer to Lunar New Year.

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