Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 8: Bak Kut Teh

 There is no denying that i love my Bak Kut Teh ever since i had a taste of the Klang version. Looking back, I suppose there might have been another motive for finding my other half in Klang. Entering the second month away from Malaysia, the craving for Bak Kut Teh went bonkers and guess what, a kind visitor from Malaysia bought me the above (upon request, of course!)

Making Bak Kut Teh cannot be made any easier, follow the back of the packet and voila! Although being such a frequent consumer of the thick herbal soup from Klang, i made sure it was as rich as possible by doubling the portion of soup packets. However at best it would match a KL version but still lacking compared to the heavenly Klang version, but hey, this is coming out from a packet.
The overdose of pork begins after you boil a pot of water, put in the soup packets, 2 bulbs of garlic, shallots, seasoning like soya sauce, dark soya sauce, oyster sauce and lots of pork; i dumped pork belly, pork ribs and even a trotter.


I even found some "foo chuk" which i tried to deep fried but they got brown too fast to cook right through. On top of the meat, i put in some cabbage, enoki mushrooms, baby corn and tauhu puffs while i all dumped into the soup (towards the last 15 minutes of cooking).

Essentially, the boiling soup and meat should be left on low heat for a good 2 hours and even more if you like it richer. If you find the water evaporating too quick, put more water in, don't worry that it will not dilute the soup as the water will boiled off, just make sure it does.

 Looks like its all good to eat.


Pork all tender and basically melt in your mouth.

One of the many "single" portions i had throughout the night.

Oh what bliss, especially with Spring still being very cold.

BUT if you are in KL or near enough to Klang, go out and eat the proper one, the packet ones still can't replicate the real thing.


Pureglutton said...

Oh yeah - nothing beats a pot of boiling BKT in cold weather!
Hmmm... i see those packets u hv there are the commercialised ones found in supermarkets. U must get the versions I'd recommend (not found in s'marts) - those will give a more authentic & "kau" flavour :-) I can bring u some when I go there, in Dec - u want?

Oh, and add a few pieces of "thong kwai" - makes a huge difference, in terms of aroma ;-)

xin said...

that's true, nothing can beat the klang version. but i think u did great with just the packet BKT. beggars cant be choosers right?

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin: yeap what to do, beggars cant be choosers, u r def right!

pureglutton: u coming to melbourne, of course i wouldnt mind some!

Grazia Amethyst Lim said...

My bro-in-law will get some packets of BKT from the Klang BKT shop. Will try and let u know how different they are from the supermarkets' ones.

I tried almost all verieties of the packets type.. =p
Talk about obsession..hehe!

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Cook again please! *big puppy eyes*

Michelle Chin said...

I made the vegetarian version for lunch today. i know there's no such thing as vegetarian bkt but yeah...

I use a1. :) smuggled from kl.

Wilson Ng said...

Open BKT shop in Melbourne!! :)

babe_kl said...

Can't replicate but at least can satisfy your cravings at least ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

babekl: can la, meantime..

wilson: i wish i can also haha

michelle: but..no pork!?

michelle ng: ok ok, but i dont have big pot..cook at ur place?

grace: haha let me know!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

You put so much more effort than I did! I didn't even bother with the fu chuk and mushroom LOL.

It was also quite difficult to find fu chuk in UK. The ones from Chinatown so expensive. +_+

ilene said...

Are we allowed to bring in these herbal packets into Australia?

Sean said...

wah, i didn't even realize that these bkt instant mixes are available! hopefully they won't put any bkt stalls out of business :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sean: omg seriously? u must b kidding me. but there arent the best so the stalls are safe.

ilene: i dont know but my friend did =)

bbabe: the fu chuk here isnt too cheap either, prob 2-3AUD for the packet i used but it was worth it!

J said...

What kind friends you have. :P
(Haha... Glad to see you put the packets to good use + enjoyed it!)

eiling lim said...

wah this is definitely comfort food!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: of cors...haha

j: u know who u r! thanks!!