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Kim Hock Guan

Mr Lim Chwee Guan (林水源), set off from his hometown of Anxi in Fujian, China (中国福建安溪) in 1890’s to come to Singapore, part of a region that was commonly known as Nanyang.


A hardworking and industrial young man, he was putting in long hours in various jobs and life was getting by. Still, his entrepreneurial attribute would make the better of him.


There was a particular food that he missed, a hometown delicacy that his parents used to make during the festive seasons in China.


Mr Lim thought the product would further introduce a part of his native culture to this new found homeland. The treat we know as bakkwa, or barbeque sliced pork would be introduced to Singapore in 1905, with the help of his elder brother who was operating Law Hock Guan (老福源) on Hong Kong Street in Chinatown (牛車水/大坡). The younger Mr Lim founded Kim Hock Guan, located at No.70 Rochor Road in the Bugis Area (白沙浮/小坡).


Today, Kim Hock Guan remains as a family-owned and operated business with a history of five generations. Its customers comprise generations of families and organisations, some who have been patrons for over 50 years.


Thank you for your long standing patronage.

Kim Hock Guan - A tradition we preserve to enrich the culture of tomorrow.

 

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The History of Kim Hock Guan

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