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Nutrition info: Calories in Bak kut teh

Posted on | June 22, 2012 | No Comments

Bak kut teh

Bah kut teh (pronounced bar coo tay) is a form of chinese soup.  It actually means ‘meat bone tea’ as it consists of a broth made from herbs, spices and pork ribs.  In more luxurious versions you can also find offal, mushrooms, tofu or a chinese vegetable, choy sum.   The soup is normally eaten with rice or noodles (the noodles can be within the soup or on the side) and strips of fried dough accompany that to dip into the soup.  Dipping sauces such as soy sauce and chilli padi (chopped chillies) are never too far away either.

Nutrition info for 1 portion of Bak kut teh

  • Energy:  342 calories
  • Protein: 29.8 g
  • Carbs: 0 g
  • Fat: 25 g

This dish without any rice contains no carbohydrates – but of course if you eat it with rice, noodles and fried dipping bread then that all changes.   To be more health conscious, please choose the rice, eat only the correct portion of a closed fist and avoid the fried dipping bread.

This meal does contain a decent amount of fat.  This is because pork is classed as a red meat, which contains saturated fat and also pork is a fatty protein option.  Especially considering the ribs and other joints that contain alot of fat are used in this dish, which raises the total fat content.

If you shared this meal and ate the correct portion of rice and avoided the dipping bread it’s actually quite a good option.  If you do share the portion and need to fill yourself up choose a dish or steamed / braised green vegetables.

Finally, remember to always follow my additional recommendations every time you eat:  Eat slowly, put your utensils down between bites and always stop when you feel 80% full because it’s better to waste it than to ‘waist’ it.  Enjoy!

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