Bah Kut Teh is probably the Malaysian dish that sparked the most conversation and controversy. Years ago, a pair of sex bloggers created a nationwide storm for their Bah Kut
Meat Bone Tea
Bah Kut Teh means “Meat Bone Tea”. However, it is not really tea as it references more to the drinking ritual which has become an integral part of eating Bah Kut Teh–to demulsify the fat of the pork.
Bah Kut Teh is a pork rib dish cooked gently with a mix of herbs and spices in the soup for hours. There are Hokkien,
Origin of Bah Kut Teh
There is a lot of argument about the origin of Bah Kut Teh. Klang is often well-known as the birthplace of Bah Kut Teh. It was introduced by the Chinese immigrants who were mostly Hokkien during the 19th century.
According to Ng Soon Tiong, owner of Samy and Min Bah Kut Teh, “Bah Kut Teh was created as a dish to help replenish the energy of the Chinese coolies who mostly carried heavy loads while barefooted. In those days, they boiled pig heads and knuckles with medicinal herbs and spices as a way to nourish and strengthen their bodies.”
It is also believed that the word “
Whether it is Klang or Clarke Quay, it doesn’t matter. But one thing is certain. Some Bah Kut Teh shops attempted to be innovative by offering Seafood Bah Kut Teh, Cheese Bah Kut Teh, and even Durian Bah Kut Teh.
Will you try it? For myself, I am still a die-hard fan of authentic Bah Kut
text by Francis Yip