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Nourishing Korean Oxtail Soup


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Nourishing Korean Oxtail Soup

kare_raisu | Nov 7, 2006 03:25 AM

Recipes do not get simpler than this.

Basically you need a few oxtails and some H2o and youre set.
This was my first time making this dish known as Gom (or Kom) Tang and even cooking oxtails in general.

I first came across a recipe for the Japanese Quick & Easy series (fantastic collection of books btw), then searched this site for mentions of the dish and its preparation.

It is important to either soak the oxtails in cold water for about an hour to leech out residual blood or bring oxtails up to a boil, drain then rinse.

Then cover the oxtails with sufficient water -bring up to a boil and simmer 3-4 hours. One simple variation is to add a few cloves of crushed garlic and perhaps a slice of ginger.

Skim foam and replenish with h2o as necessary.

You will notice the broth will begin to turn milky white.

Towards 3 hours I added rounds of daikon to cook just to soften through.

If you can make this dish one day ahead, refrigerate and remove solidified fat. I did this but there really was not that much to skim. The entire soup congeals due to the properties leeched out of this cut of bone.

There is no seasoning whatsoever until the dish reaches the table where the diner may add a generous amount of salt, green onion, and a paste comprised of minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chili pepper (kocharu) to his or her liking.

Kimchi is a good partner of course and you can make a kukbap of sorts by pouring the soup and oxtail over a helping of steamed rice.

This dish can be best described as wholy 'nourishing.' Falling off the tender meat, rice soaking up all of the brothy goodness, soft daikon, contrast of crisp green onion and accented by a spicy kimchi-- what more could you ask for.

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