Comfort Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶) Recipe, Student edition

Bak Kut Teh, Pork Ribs in Spices and Herbal Soup, is a dish of favourite of mine. When I am away from home (Malaysia), I would be missing this particular soup broth that warms my tummy. So today, I shall just briefly describe how I replicate this soup miles away from home! Not forgetting the favourite fragrant rice that we all love!
Ingredients (Serves 4):
1 Pack of Bak Kut Teh Soup Pack
1kg of meat (Most commonly Pork ribs and Pork Belly)
2 Garlics
1 Pack of Fried tofu
1 Tbsp of Dark Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp of Light Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp of Oyster Sauce
2.5 litres of water
Eggs (as many boiled eggs as you want)
Iceberg lettuce

1 handful of fried shallots

Steps (Soup):
1. Put the 2.5 litres of water into a pot and bring to boil.
2. Add the soup pack into the pot. (Do NOT break the pack, just put the pack in as the pouch)
3. Add the 1 kg of pork into the pot, allowing the soup pack to infuse into the soup, and the meat to be cooked.
4. Add the Garlic into the pot.
5. Add the sauces and salt and taste. You may add more of any sauce to adjust the taste to your liking.
6. Leave it to cook for the best is more than 1 hour of low heat. (This is to bring out the best taste).
7. Additional ingredients such as fried tofu, hard boiled eggs, and iceberg lettuce can be added to the soup for more variety of ingredients in the soup dish.

Fragrant Rice:
Just follow the steps you would to make normal rice, but add the handful of fried shallots to have that slight aromatic rice taste.
I have also created a sauce that goes well with the meat while eating the bakkuteh. This is done by chopping raw garlic and then mixing it with chopped chilli and a mixture of dark and light soy sauce with a tinge of sugar. This would serve as a lovely spicy dip for the meat.

IMG_5437Ingredients used for the bak kut the
IMG_5438Soup with the meat, soup pack and garlic!
IMG_5439My personal assistant adding the sauces into the pot!
This is the end product after boiling in low heat for a few hours! It looks amazing! The tofu would soak up the soup and when you actually bite into the tofu, you can drink the soup too!
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The meal for the night! My boyfriend and I managed to eat this pot of bakkuteh with rice for 3 meals! We added lettuce the next day and cooked with the remaining broth. Then added hard boil eggs for the next meal. It’s fairly cheap, and customisable to your liking!

Thats all for today! Apologise for the infrequent posts! Have been gaming gaming gaming!
Happy reading!

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