Definition of bak kut teh in English:

bak kut teh

Pronunciation /ˌba(k) kuː(t) ˈteɪ/ /ˌbɑː(k) kuː(t) ˈteɪ/

noun

  • In Malaysian and Singaporean cookery: a dish consisting of pork ribs in a broth seasoned with herbs and spices.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Straits Times. From Chinese (Hokkien) bah-kut-tê from bah meat + kut bone + tê, literally ‘tea’, also used to denote other hot liquids regarded as healthy.