Teochew Bak Kut Teh

I love good ol’ Chinese soups like double-boiled herbal soups, bak kut teh, steamboats, etc. Unfortunately, the husband has an MSG sensitivity so we don’t often opt to eat such Chinese food when we dine out. What happens when a craving strikes? Usually, I would pester friends at work to go eat bak kut teh with me, or I would meet up with the sister for steamboat. But I’ve decided  – two weeks ago – to try to make my own bak kut teh. Something hearty, flavourful, and without the seasonings the “ang moh” claims give him a headache. Haha!

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My Grandma’s Prawn Mee Soup

Growing up, I think one of the things my grandma really enjoyed doing was cooking for the whole family. Every Sunday was a “Special Food Day” where she would cook up her specialties like popiah, mee siam and, prawn mee soup. Even though we no longer live together, nothing brings everyone home like a message on the phone saying, “Tonight got prawn mee.” It still warms my heart when I remember the troubles my grandma used to go through cooking up a storm for the family. When we were living with her and going to school from her place, she would wake up at the crack of dawn to cook breakfast for us.

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