My Homemade Bak Kut Teh

The one and only Singapore Pork Rib Soup!

Bak kut teh is a pork rib dish cooked in broth popularly served in Malaysia and Singapore where there is a predominant Hoklo and Teochew community. The name literally translates from the Hokkien dialect as "meat bone tea", and at its simplest, consists of pork ribs simmered in a broth of herbs and spices for hours

It is very easy to make your own Bak Kut Teh at home by purchasing premade packets of the spice from online stores or local Chinese supermarket.

There are many brands perhaps the best is still from Song Fa.

You can make the soup stronger by adding raw white peppercorn.

Ingredients are:

To add to the taste of the soup and give it more body, you can either add Chinese winter melon or old cucumber (see picture).

I usually boil the soup for an hour with the old cucumber or winter melon and garlic clove right from the start.

This is the final product!

A flavorful Bak Kut Teh, ah...Meat Bone Soup!


I like to add Thai fish sauce to enhance the soup's flavour.

Best eaten together with Chinese fry dough stick (yoh teow) and fresh rice!

An outstanding taste experience.