There won’t be the usual snaking queues — sometimes lasting overnight — at wildly popular bak kwa purveyor Lim Chee Guan this year. For the first time ever, the brand announced that it will only offer online orders (which begins today) for the peak season leading up to Chinese New Year 2021 due to Covid-19 and the ensuing safe-distancing measures. It’s one of Singapore’s oldest bak kwa brands and the queues at its four outlets every CNY are legendary. Incidentally, Lim Chee Guan ranked third in our bak kwa taste test. We suppose this is good news since die-hard fans no longer have to stand forever in line just to get their hands on some barbecued meat. It’s safer in this pandemic, too.
But even as we write this, the website is currently down on the first day its launch "due to overwhelming response" and "high online traffic". Wow, people sure are kiasu for bak kwa.