Bak Ku Teh (Pork Rib Tea Soup)

Ingredients :

500 gm (1lb) Pork back ribs, chopped into 2-inch lengths
2 Cloves garlic, crushed
1500 ml (6 cups) Water
1 stick cinnamon
3 whole star anise
1 tsp Whole white peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp Sugar
3 tsp Salt
45 ml (3 tbsp) Dark soy sauce, or to taste

2 tbsp Crisp Fried Shallot Flakes
Soy sauce and thinly sliced red chiles for dipping
2 Chinese crullers, sliced (Optional)
Steamed white rice

Method :
Combine the pork, garlic, and water in a large saucepan; bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Skim and discard the scum from the surface. 
Add the cinnamon, star anise, peppercorns, sugar, salt, and soy sauce.Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the pork is tender, about 45 minutes. Discard the excess fat from the soup before serving.
Serve the soup in deep bowls with 3 to 4 rib pieces per serving and shallot flakes scattered over the top. Combine soy sauce and chiles to taste in small bowls as a dipping sauce for the ribs.
Serve with cruller slices for dunking into the broth, and a bowl of rice on the side.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Cut 8 shallots or garlic cloves crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices; you should have 3/4 cup of slices. The slices must all be of equal thickness to assure even cooking. 
Heat 2 cups of vegetable oil to 300F in a preheated wok, saucepan, or skillet. 
Add the slices and fry slowly for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. 
Remove with a fine strainer and drain on paper towels. 
When cool, store in an airtight container. The flakes will keep for several weeks.

NOTE: The flavored oil can be strained and used for other cooking.