Print-Bak Kut Teh

INGREDIENTS

Main :

  • Meat – trim off any excess and membrane. Smashed Ginger and  Garlic (get the roasted type).
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    Any green Vegetables and mushrooms as side dish. The VianD used fresh Shiitake and Enoki Mushrooms.
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    If U r using Dried Shiitake Mushroom – soak over-nite and destemmed.

Seasoning :

  • SaPre-packed herbal mixture. Salt, Sugar and good quality Light soy – U need quite a generous amount of this as this will formed part of the soup-base. All to taste. ** Note : Just dash of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice (no rocket scientific measurement here). Always taste your Seasoning !!!
METHOD

Preparing the soup and meat

Start by blanching all the Meat in hot boiling water for abt 5-mins – to get rid of any impurities. Set aside.

Bring a pot of water to boil – this will be ur soup. Add the Herbal-mixture, a generous amount of Light Soy, Garlic and Ginger. Add in the blanched Meat and simmer till meat soft – abt 1-2 hrs, depending of the heat, size of the meat/what kind of meat and ur preference level of softness.
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To test for preference softness, simply poke the Meat with a chopstick. Dish out the meat when U r happy with the level of softness, set aside. Continue to simmer the soup for abt another 30-mins, so that the pre-packed herbal mixture can further flavour the soup. Sieved the soup when its done.
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U can boil the meat and soup in advance. Simply reboil when ready to serve.

Preparing the side condiments of Green Veggie and Mushroom

Veggies – Simply blanch Greens in hot boiling water for abt 2-3-mins. Drizzle with cooking oil or if U like saute, some Garlic oil and Light soy. It’s done.

Dried Shiitake Mushrooms – While U can simply dump the Mushrooms to boil together with the meat but if U want good soft, tender and smooth Mushrooms, here’s how U do it.
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Simply boil with water (in medium/high heat) with a piece smashed Ginger till Mushrooms soften and sauce slightly thickened – abt 45-60 mins. Season with Salt, Sugar and Oyster sauce to taste. It’s done.
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If U R using fresh Shiitake and Enoki Mushrooms like The VianD is doing here. U do not need to do anything, except simply clean them. Simply dump them into the hot boiling soup for a few mins and U R good to go.
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Bear in mind that dried and fresh mushroom gives U a totally different profile of flavours and texture, but both taste good!

Serve hot and I mean boiling hot soup!!!

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