Bones…

Bak kut teh literally means meat bone tea but in actual fact, it is herbal pork/pork bones soup. I think the tea in the name actually comes from the Chinese tea that I often see people drinking when eating bak kut teh, probably to neutralise all that fat in the meat.

It was sometime in the mid-90s when my family went to Penang on a package tour that they took us to this place where they sold tambun biscuits and other Penang delicacies and there was a section where they were letting people sample their bak kut teh. If I’m not mistaken, that was the first time my daughter tasted that and she liked it a lot, so we bought a packet or two of the mixed herbal spices home. I cannot remember the name of the place nor where it was located anymore (probably somewhere in Pulau Tikus) and neither could I remember the brand of the spices.

So I can’t say for sure whether it was CKC that we went to in Penang then…

CKC bak kut teh spices 1

…but somebody mentioned not too long ago that this is her favourite brand when it comes to homecooked bak kut teh.

Well, CKC stands for Cheong Kim Chuan…

CKC bak kut teh spices 2

…and the address given is on “the steps leading to Kek Lok Si”, so I guess it must be in the vicinity of that temple in Ayer Itam. Gosh! They even have their own website, it seems!

CKC bak kut teh spices 3

My missus bought a box of the spices when she was in KL not too long ago…and last Satuday, she finally got down to cooking it…

Mrs STP's bak kut teh 1

It was nice, a bit sweet probably due to the presence of dried red dates and wolfberries in it…but a bit light, I think, on the herbal taste…

Mrs STP's bak kut teh 2

…and yes! Hold your horses! Those are indeed thick slabs of fat that you see! And that was cooked by the same person who would strip a poor chicken completely of all its skin, declaring that it is absolutely unhealthy and must never ever be consumed. Tsk! Tsk! She insists that the meat from the more fatty areas are nicer to eat – not so “siap“…and in her opinion, tastier. Hmmmm…I really wonder if that same description applies to me too? Hehehehehehe!!!!