Singapore-Malaysia Trip: Bah Kut Teh for Breakfast

Bah Kut Teh is a Malaysian dish originally eaten at breakfast. Nowadays, you may get Bah Kut Teh at any time of the day. Mum and dad brought me out for a Bah Kut Teh breakfast one morning in a neighborhood shops.


Bah Kut Teh is a soup concoction cooked in a claypot with parts of a pig. The soup consists of several herbs and spices (such as cinnamon, cloves, garlic, etc) which is boiled with the meat for several hours. Soy sauce is added to provide taste and colour to the soup.


There are many variants of Bah Kut Teh. The one above is the thicker version of the Bah Kut Teh. Bah Kut Teh is best eaten with rice. As you may see, Bah Kut Teh is not a healthy dish at all. There are a lot of meat and most of the meat served has a thick layer of fat. Of course, you could order parts that had lesser fat, such as spare ribs.


Youtiao (fried dough) is provided with the Bah Kut Teh. The crispy youtiao are meant to be dunked into Bah Kut Teh broth briefly to soften it.


Tofu Puff (fried tofu) is normally served together too.

We ordered some greens, pretentiously to balance the meal. 🙂 This is served with oyster sauce and fried garlic.


It is common in Malaysia to ask for a bucket of ice for the chinese tea.

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  1. Chubbypanda

    That looks very similar to a Taiwanese braised pork dish. Whenever people asked my mother what she fed me to get me so “strong”, she’d always reply “pig fat”, meaning that dish.

    Looks really good.

    – Chubbypanda

  2. vancouver obachan

    Could you please tell me which store at Richmond Public Market sells BABA’s meat curry powder?

  3. Suanne

    Hi Vancouver Obachan, I’m not sure which store in Richmond Public Market sells BABA’s meat curry powder, maybe you can try Li Men. But I had seen it in Great One Supermarket at Park Rd.

  4. Suanne

    Hi Jenny, I do wish the whole family can go back to Malaysia. Unforturnately, the timing is not right as the new school year has just started.

    BTW, I found another way to enjoy the tamarind chutney. I made a cup of cold tamarind chutney drink using 1 tablespoon of the chutney and added water and ice. It’s like drinking plum juice.

  5. Ryan Guillory

    My wife is opening an indian restaurant in New Orleans in a few months and she uses Baba’s curry powder. Unfortunately, we haven’t figured out where to buy in bulk. Which supermarket do you buy this at? Can you give me contact informatiion?


  6. Andaliman

    Hi Ben,
    Thank you for visting my blog. I linked your blog also. Anyway, Youtiao is called cakwe in Indonesia. Everytime I miss those cakwe, I just go to superstore here ^__^


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