Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶 ( Pork Ribs Tea Soup)

What is Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶? For those who are not familiar with this dish,let's me look at wikipedia for explanation.I think wikipedia explain better than me:) "The name literally translates as "meat bone tea", and, at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, and garlic), boiled together with pork bones for hours. However, additional ingredients may include offal, varieties of mushroom, lettuce, and pieces of dried tofu. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking, with varying amounts depending on the variant. " .
I love to make this soup during cold winter. These days we can get ready pack "bak kut teh" sachets in any Asian market,so in no time this dish is so easy to prepared. There are many brands of Bak Kut Teh out there I had tried but I have only few favourite brand I love .


2 lb chopped pork ribs
I -2 sachet Bak Kut Teh
10 cloves fresh garlic ( peel)
10 pcs shitake mushroom (soaked until soft)
1/2 cup gojiberries (wash and drain)
1 tbsp salt
4-5 tbsp soy sauce
2 pieces rock sugar (S size)
4 liter water


1: Boil some hot water to blanch pork ribs to remove the fats.Wash the ribs few times under tap water again ,drain and set aside.

2:Prepared large pot of 4 liter water at medium heat.Meanwhile, cut shitake mushroom into 1/2 each pieces,set aside.Wash gojiberries and drain,set aside.

3:When water is rolling boil ,add in Bak Kut Teh sachet ,ribs and peeled garlic .Let's it simmer for 30 minutes before add in soy sauce,rock sugar,salt and gojiberries. Cook for another 30 minutes or until the Bak Kut Teh soup turn brown or fragrant.

4: Check the seasoning,removed from heat and serve warm with white rice.

I prefer to add gojiberries into this soup coz it's have natural sweetness and have health benefits as well. Gojiberries believed may benefit our eyes sight.If you have fried bean curds/tofu,you can add into the soup.If you prefer stronger flavour use 2 sachets of Bak Kut Teh.


tigerfish said...

I'm so hungry. Need to get my dinner now after looking at this.

Beachlover said...

hurry up!! b4 the store close:)

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