February 12, 2011

Teo Chew Bah Ku Teh, Melaka…well-balanced herbal broth

Bak Kut Teh (spare ribs soup)  is a spiced/herbal soup that contains primarily pork ribs. The name literally means “meat bone tea”. Some people order it with spare parts – other innards like stomach and intestines.

If you are not grossed out yet, read on…

The food here while not spectacular, was decent. I especially love the yam rice. It’s  fragrant and light. Unlike the hokkien style bak kut teh, which is darker in colour and more heavily spiced, the teochew bak kut teh broth here is served in heat-retaining claypots was subtly light, herbaceous – not too strong and not too light… just perfect well-balanced herbal taste.  The slices of pork (we had the half lean-half fat portion only) were tender, meaty, perfectly cooked and went well with the side dip of soy sauce + dark soy sauce + cili + lots of garlic.  However they would do better with better quality ”You Tiao’. 

Where is it? It is located somewhere in melaka Raya. Just follow your nose…the aromatic soup is evident a block away. I try to stop here for breakfast whenever I am in melaka. So should you. This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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