Malaysian Food Adventures #17: Bak Kut Teh

Every Malaysian will crave for Bak Kut Teh.

I am sure some of you are wondering what Bak Kut Teh is. Basically Bak Kut Teh consists of meaty  pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices for hours. Although it is known as “meat bone tea” after translation, you won’t be able to find any tea leaves in it! Just herbs, spices, pork ribs and mushrooms, that’s it!

Bak Kut Teh can be found in every corner in Malaysia, whether you are at a shopping centre, hawker stalls or restaurants. The restaurant which my family and I often frequent for Bak Kut Teh is Fatty Gan Bak Kut Teh, located at SeaPark, Petaling Jaya. Yes, we have been patronising this shop for years and since when I was very little.

As usual, our Bak Kut Teh arrived bubbling hot. For our Bak Kut Teh, there were pork ribs, beancurd sheets and enoki mushrooms. The broth was full of flavour and had a light herbal aroma to it. The pork ribs were soft, tender and delicious. Bak Kut Teh is usually eaten with rice but at Fatty Gan, we usually go for “Nasi Minyak”, also known as Oil Rice, which is soft and fluffy in texture. As a complement, crispy youtiao or yau char kwai (strips of fried dough) are often served with Bak Kut Teh for dipping into the soup.


Bak Kut Teh

For our sides, we also had a mix of fishballs and button mushrooms and some fried tofu puffs, which were great complements to our Bak Kut Teh dish.


Fried Tofu Puffs


Fishballs and button mushrooms

Bak Kut Teh is usually eaten in the morning, brunch or lunch. A great meal to have if you are ever planning a shopping trip after lunch. Go ahead and give Bak Kut Teh a try if you are ever in Kuala Lumpur or Malaysia. I guarantee you will fall in love with Bak Kut Teh and will be addicted to it.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)
Fatty Gan Bah Kut Teh

Taman Paramount PJ
43 Jalan SS20/22
Taman Paramount
46300 Petaling Jaya


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