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Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶 Bakute Nyonya Cooking

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Bak Kut Teh is an amazing broth based dish using pork and multiple Chinese herbs. When translated, it brings the meaning of pork bone tea. This recipe is the Hokkien version of Bak Kut Teh which is popular in Klang, Malaysia.recipesbak-kut-tehBak kut teh means meat bone tea in the Chinese Hokkien dialect. To be exact, the term bak refers to pork. That is the meat which is originally used in the broth. These days, chicken is also used instead of pork. The dish is made by boiling pork bones and meat in a variety of aromatics and Chinese herbs. The combination of Chinese herbs and aromatics such as star anise, cloves and smoked garlic makes this dish special. Usually, bak kut teh is served with rice, vegetables and you tiao sometimes known as Chinese churros. Mostly found in Malaysia and Singapore, bak kut teh is now one of the dishes that is well known in the region. Differences between Malaysian and Singaporean bak kut tehThere are differences between the Hokkien version of bak kut teh which is commonly found in Malaysia when compared to the Teochew version in terms of colour, level of saltiness and of course the taste. Type Colour Saltiness Taste -------- -------- -------- -------- Hokkien Malaysia Dark Much saltier Herby Teowchew Singapore Light Less saltier Peppery Where to buy Bak kut teh herbsIf you want to make bak kut teh from scratch instead of using pre-packed bak kut teh herbs, this is all the information you will need. Bak kut teh herbs are simply Chinese medicinal herbs which are to be found in most Chinese medicinal halls or Asian grocers around the world. In almost all Asian grocers, you will be able to find almost all the herbs sold in a pack of 10 herbs and usually marketed as Chinese Herbal Soup Mix, Chinese Tonic Soup . Basic set of herbs for bak kut tehIn the table below, you will find the names of the ingredients you will need in English and both Chinese characters and pinyin. For a decent pot of bak kut teh, you will need at least 6 types of herbs. Herbs Name Pinyin Chinese characters -------- -------- -------- Foxglove root Shu di huang 熟地黄 Chinese angelica root Dang gui 當歸 Szechuan lovage Chuang gong 川芎 Solomons Seal Yu zhu 玉竹 Red dates Hong zao 红枣 Goji berries Gou qi zi枸杞子Other additional ingredients which are used in the recipe are the other common herbs used in bak kut teh which will add more flavour and also medicinal benefits to it. Herbs Name Pinyin Chinese characters -------- -------- -------- Dried orange peel Chen pi 陈皮 Liquorice root Gan cao 甘草 Codonopsis pilosula Dang shen 黨參 Black dates Nan zao正南枣 Besides Chinese herbs, aromatics are highly important to release the aroma and flavours commonly known in bak kut teh. Duration to boil bak kut tehIn this recipe, it is recommended to boil bak kut teh for four hours. Ff you do not have much time, two hours would be sufficient. Although, the broth will tas

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