German-style roast pork knuckles in the heartlands, from $8-20, are available all year-round

In the hawker centre of Bedok North lies Western Food 85 stall, serving up their claim to fame–crispy pork knuckles ($16). Each comes with coleslaw and fries, instead of sauerkraut, but fans of the 12-year-old stall love it. The pork is sliced into convenient bitesized chunks, with chopsticks provided to devour each crackling, juicy morsel. Opening hours: Thu-Tue 12pm-11pm (Wednesdays closed). #01-165, 86 Bedok North Street 4


Sometimes size does matter. Especially in the case of crispy pork knuckles ($15 half, $25 whole) at Stew Kà¼che, where portions are considerably generous–a good thing when you bring the whole family post-IKEA shopping. The succulent meat with crisp skin rests on a tangy gravy, and is accompanied by chunky mash and local pickles (i.e. achar), ideal with some rosti ($4.50) and one of over 30 beers on offer (from $8 for Erdinger). Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun 11am-3pm, 5-11pm. #01-40, 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1. Tel: 6276 6445,


At just $8, the single portion pork knuckles at Knuckles Bistro are a steal. It does not claim to be the best you can find, but is probably the best value for money in the up-and-coming Kovan area. With crunchy crackling and soft juicy meat, and a side of mash potato and sauerkraut, the dish is worth the trek to this simple air-conditioned eatery. Opening hours: daily from 7pm. #01-33, 212 Hougang Street 21


With a reputation as a tourist trap, Newton Food Centre might not be on your mind for German pork knuckles (half, $20). However, roast meat purveyors La Tascas stall serves theirs traditional style, with sauerkraut (or, as they call it–“sourkraut” ). Blistered, crispy skin is the key, especially when fresh and hot. #01-52 Newton Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North.