Bak Kut Teh
The name bak kut teh literally translates ‘pork 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.
Bak kut teh is usually eaten with rice, and often served with you tiao (strips of fried dough) for dipping into the soup. Soy sauce (usually light soy sauce, but dark soy sauce is also offered sometimes) is preferred as a condiment, with which chopped cili padi and minced garlic is taken together.
Chinese tea of various kinds is also usually served in the belief that it dilutes or dissolves the rich amount of fat consumed in this pork-laden dish. Bak kut teh is typically a famous evening meal.
Check out this tried and tested haunt for a satisfying bowl of bak kut teh today:
Kim Min Coffee Shop
Address: 92, Gaya Street
Business hours: Open from 5pm-11pm daily
Telephone numbers: 088-255627 or 012 803 3329 (Tony Kong)
Clay pot cooking is a technique of cooking food in an unglazed clay pot which has been soaked in water so as to release steam during the cooking process.
Clay pot rice is usually taken as a dinner dish. It is typically served with Chinese sausage (lap cheong) and vegetables. More often than not, the rice is cooked in the clay pot first and cooked ingredients like diced chicken and Chinese sausage are added in later.
Traditionally, the cooking is done over a charcoal stove, giving the dish a distinctive flavour. Some places serve it with dark soya sauce and also dried salted fish. Salted fish enhances the taste of the clay pot chicken rice, depending on the diner''s preference.
Due to the time-consuming method of preparation and slow-cooking in a clay pot, customers might have to wait a period of time (typically 15-30 minutes) before the dish is ready.
Clay pot rice is mainly a Chinese dish and can be ordered in Chinese restaurants such as:
Address: Lot 12-13, Grand Industry Phase 2, Jln Bundusan, Penampang
Business hours: Open daily from 11:30am - 2pm; 5pm -10pm
Telephone number: 088-717889
Address: Lot C-G8, C-G7, Ground Floor, Block C, Plaza Tanjung Aru, Jalan Mat Salleh
Telephone numbers: 088-313399, 088-313166, 088-225166