Ba Kut Teh (肉骨茶) - Chinese Herb Soup with Ribs

Ba Kut Teh

Ba kut teh (肉骨茶 - read as rou gu cha in Mandarin) is a very famous Chinese herb soup made with pork ribs and more. It is originated from Klang (巴生 - pa sang), a town near to my hometown. Nowadays , almost every ba kut teh shop or stall claimed that they are selling Pa Sang ba kut teh.

Ba kut teh is in Hokkien, ba kut means pork ribs and teh means tea. There is not any tea in the soup but it was always served with a pot of Chinese tea. The reason behind is that the soup cooked with pork ribs maybe too oily, drinking tea is to "wash" down those oil. Some people said that drinking tea while having ba kut teh will enhance the aroma of the soup, soup tastes better after drinking tea.

I used the herbs and spices mix, and added extra herb to get stronger aroma. Served it with steamed rice and chopped chilli in dark soy sauce for dipping. Also, extra Chinese cruller (油条) at the side for dunking into the hot soup... nothing left!

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10 comments to “Ba Kut Teh (肉骨茶) - Chinese Herb Soup with Ribs”
Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...
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Yummy! I like the meat dip with some chili and dark soya sauce...

Mat Gebu said...
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Lyida..nanti ambik award utk blog u yeaa....jgn malu2..hehehe

limpepsi said...
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I like BKT also! I always ask my parents send the the BKT-mix to me. One day I saw a recipe from Sinchew Jit Poh which teaches us to put the herbs self, without using the BKT mix. If you are interested, I can send the article to you.

Lydia said...
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Joanne:
I love hot soup with rice, make it like porridge. :D

Mat Gebu:
Award apa eh? Kena bawa lori ke tak? :D Apa2 pun thanks ya!

limpepsi:
Secret recipe? Can you send the recipe/article to my e-mail? I usually use pre-mix plus extra herbs. :D

mycookinghut said...
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I havent had BKT for a long time!! I think the best I had was in Klang (they are famous for that... it was many years ago.. yum yum.. miss it now ..

zurin said...
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Hi Lydia! You are really creative and I love ur blog! I just tagged u! Please do check out my blog for details OK . www.cherryonacake.blogspot.com

limpepsi said...
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Hi Lydia, here is the link for the recipe of BKT.
http://www.sinchew-i.com/special/food/print/344

I have not tried out the recipe cos I am waiting for my parents-in-law to ship me the chinese herbs. I believe u can get hold of the herbs easily in Perak.

Lydia said...
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mycookinghut:
There are so many bkt restaurants in Klang now. There are a few good one in my hometown too - Tanjung Karang (<1 hr from Klang).

Zurin:
Thanks for compliments and dropped by. Will check it out.

limpepsi:
Thank you very much! Checked the link and will give it a try if I manage to get the herbs.

Anonymous said...
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Hi.......I am from klang,been in canada for 22 years now.last visited malaysia 2003. i miss chinese food so much. not the same here....ba kut teh late night.....yum. i bought the bkt spice....after seeing your site i am going to try. thanks dear.

Lydia said...
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About bkt, now where is better than Klang! My brother-in-law drove us there from Cheras just for dinner! He used to live there.

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