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You Are My “Bak Kut Teh”

James and Sally, his newly wedded wife, were on a plane for their honeymoon vacation. During the journey, James took out his iPad, opened up his Bible app, and was soon reading Genesis 2:23 which read:

“And Adam said (to Eve), This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Turning joyously to Sally, James said, “Dear, from now on you are my ‘Bak Kut Teh’.”

“Bak Kut Teh” literally translates as “meat bone tea”, and at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices for hours. Despite its name, there is in fact no tea in the dish itself. This dish is popularly served in Singapore, Malaysia, China and Taiwan.

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