Once ,my girl friend told me, she made bakuteh out of cheater’s recipe (bakuteh sachet, ready pack herbs and spices). According to her, it doesn’t taste like one at all, even after following closely instructions at the back of pack. Hence she concluded, sachet bakuteh wouldn’t work.
After a while of fact finding, I realized she missed out few crucial steps! 😉 The browning process, the essential part in making that pot of bakuteh taste near to what you had out there.
Besides, It is also important to make sure, the ribs has been given enough time to simmer, reaching that soft and tender texture, lettuce and pacific clams not overcooked, and the beancurd sticks not too soft. Adding in lots of garlic cloves and some other herbs will boosts flavors in that sachet.
It really doesn’t matter what type brand of ready packed bakuteh you use, just follow these steps during cooking, and you’ll be able to enjoy this delicacy anytime at home.
Here’s link to the recipe and method of cooking. Try it out!