Gearbox Soup

Gearbox Soup restaurant at Batu 8, Jalan Gombak

A popular dish in Malaysia is Gearbox Soup, a hearty beef bone marrow broth. A glance at this photo explains how the soup was given its peculiar name. The knee joint of a bull is said to provide the best gear box shape and contains a generous dollop of bone marrow which is sucked out using a fat straw. The bone is slowly cooked for up to 12 hours together with ingredients like onions, garlic, ginger, star anise, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, chilli, limes and parsley. Despite its unappetizing name, it is said to be delicious.

I wonder what this soup was called before gearboxes were invented?