Marmite Bak Kut Teh (Pork Rib Stew)

Bak Kut Teh (roughly pronounced as Bark Cute Tee) literally means pork rib tea, in reference to how it was traditionally made. Nowadays, the 2 main varieties are pepper based and herbal based. I was trying out a stew using Marmite and ended up with a very rich and fully flavored broth. So here’s my version of Bak Kut Teh, with Marmite.

Ingredients (Serves 4) 

  • 16 pieces of soft bone pork ribs (this is a shorter cut of ribs)
  • 4 medium yellow onion
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 liter of Campbell beef stock
  • Marmite

Getting it Done! 

  1. Roughly dice the onions and add to a large heavy bottom pot with a generous drizzle of vegetable oil
  2. Over medium heat, stir well before placing the lid on the pot and leave for 5 minutes to sweat or until the onions are translucent
  3. Remove the lid, turn the heat to high and stir frequently for another 5 minutes or until the onions are light brown
  4. Remove the base and tip from the whole head of garlic before removing the skin
  5. Place the garlic cloves into the pot and stir for another 3 minutes or until the garlic and onion are deep brown
  6. Add the beef stock and turn the heat down to medium bringing it to a boil before turning the heat to low
  7. Add 2 heaping teaspoons of Marmite and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper
  8. Stir well and adjust according to taste
  9. Into another medium pot, fill about 1/2 with water and bring to a boil
  10. Add the pork ribs to parboil for about 5 minutes to remove some of the gaminess and scum
  11. Remove the pork ribs, rinse under running water and add to the Marmite, beef stock
  12. Let the ribs stew over low heat for at least 4 hours. If you have a slow cooker, you can cook it over low heat for 6 hours or more
  13. This is a dish requiring patience, the longer you give it, the better it tastes
  14. Before serving, taste again and adjust accordingly
  15. Serve with bowls of pipping hot white rice
  16. Done!
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