A simple and delicious soup


Bak Kut Teh is a popular soup among the Chinese. In fact it is now popular among non Chinese too! I have seen a few stalls selling the Halal version of this soup. They used beef and chicken instead.

This herbal soup is actually quite similar to the Indian mutton/beef soup minus the thickener. I believe its due to the presence of spices like star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel, garlic…etc2.

I bought a packet of the ready made spice. It contains a packet of spice and a packet of herbs. I spotted a couple of the ingredients to make Cheng Teng among the herbs. This A1 brand is suitable for vegetarians and It is Halal. 🙂

Anyways, this soup would be best with a mix of bones and meat. The bones would add a certain sweetness to the soup. Overall, its a lovely, lovely soup. We totally enjoyed this! Serve with hot rice, it is definitely a perfect treat for Iftar. Try it! 🙂

Beef Kut Teh
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  • 1.5 kg beef ribs/oxtail or which ever part of the beef/chicken you prefer.
  • 3 litres water
  • 5 cloves whole garlic
  • 2 onion - chopped
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • Salt to taste
  • 5 pc dried shitake (Optional)
  • 1 small knob of ginger - Crushed
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  1. Place the premix (both the spices and herbs) and all of the other ingredients in a big pot.
  2. Simmer for about 2-3 hours or cook in a pressure cooker for 30 mins.
  3. Garnish with spring onion/coriander leaves and some fried shallots.
I love to cook these in a pressure cooker. The meat would be dropping off the bones. Just delicious.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 Calories: 548 Fat: 23g Saturated fat: 8g Unsaturated fat: 14g Trans fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 7g Sugar: 2g Sodium: 1211mg Fiber: 1g Protein: 74g Cholesterol: 195mg



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  1. Anonymous says:

    Where can I find the spice? Hope to try it soon. Thanks. 🙂


  2. Maya says:

    Hi Lin,

    I bought mine at Giant. Saw it at shopnsave too. 🙂

  3. Jackie says:

    this looks insanely yummy o_o

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