How to make Bak Kut Teh, Pork Rib Soup. simple Instant Pot Recipe

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But these simple & easy to follow recipes work with any pressure cooker! All pressure cookers work on the same, simple principle: Steam pressure.

Within the sealed pot, the steam builds up therein to a very high pressure, which helps food cook much faster than other traditional methods, such as with crock pots and or ovens!

Bak Kut Teh, translated as Pork Bone Tea is a popular dish in Singapore. It is a simple, yet delicious soup made of only a few ingredients; pork ribs, garlic, white pepper, chicken powder (bouillon) and salt. Often served with a spicy/salty dipping sauce.

I first heard of this dish when my sister-in-law recommended a foreign movie from Japan called “Ramen Shop.” It is about “a young ramen chef from Japan who finds his late Singaporean mother’s journal, he takes it with him to her native country, hoping to put together the story of his family and his life.” In this movie they featured Bak Kut Teh, or Pork Bone Tea. I have to say the movie is very touching and I just had to discover and taste this soup. I was on a mission.

Here’s a link to the movie trailer Ramen Shop:–Pw7zylow
I watched on Amazon Prime Video, but you can probably watch it on Netflix and YouTube Video too.

Upon my initial research of this dish, I discovered there are many different variations of this soup. But the most basic dish is just the few ingredients, pork ribs, garlic, and white pepper. I wanted to taste this version first before I venture out with more ingredients. Star anise and cloves can also be added. But for now, here’s the main Bak Kut Teh recipe.

In this video, we use an Instant Pot because it takes less time to cook. But you can use a regular pot on your stove to boil your pork rib soup adjust the cooking time to make sure your ribs cooked tender.

This soup has a mild pepper, garlic and delicious flavor. It’s similar to a ramen broth. You can add less white pepper and garlic to suit your taste buds. We hope you enjoy this simple and satisfying recipe as much as we have! Give it a try!

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3 lbs. pork rib bones (I used baby back ribs)
30 cloves garlic
1 tbsp. White pepper powder
2 tsp. Chicken powder (or bouillon)
1 tsp. Salt (to taste)
Cilantro (as garnish)


2 tbsp. Dark soy sauce
1 Chile sliced (red or green)
Green onions, sliced


Rinse pork ribs in cold water. put into IP. Pour water to cover ribs and add a pinch of salt. Press the Sauté button and cook uncovered for about 10 minutes. Then remove the pork ribs from the pot. Rinse off the residue from the pork ribs and set aside. Wash and rinse out the pot and put your clean pork ribs back into it. Pour enough water to cover the pork ribs. Add your garlic cloves, white pepper and chicken powder. Stir in to combine ingredients. Secure lid onto to your IP and set to Soup/Broth mode and set timer to 30 minutes. When cooked, release pressure valve and wait for the pressure button to drop after all steam is released. Add salt to taste.

Dipping sauce: Combine 2 tbsp dark soy sauce, sliced Chile and green onions into a small dipping bowl.

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