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recipe request: braised beef shanks and oxtail stew with lemongrass and thai basil

sepandee | Aug 24, 201106:32 PM     13

I went to this restaurant yesterday and had the most delicious stew ever. It was braised beef shanks and oxtail stew with lemongrass and thai basil. I was in a rush, and it was dark, so I couldn't ask/figure out the recipe. But now I'd like to make this for my girlfriend, and I've been searching all over the internet and can't find a similar recipe.

Can anyone help? My guess is that I first fry the beef shanks and oxtail until both sides are brown, then I fry the lemongrass (do I need to cut it into tiny pieces? Or keep it as is and remove it at the end?) with some garlic, maybe some ginger, and god knows what else. THen I add some beef stock (maybe some wine or beer? Do I also add water as the meat should make a stew by itself?), let it come to a boil, and finally add the beef to it and put the pot either in the oven at some temperature for some amount of time I don't know, or just leave it on the stove (or maybe even a crockpot) for X hours.

So, anybody has any idea how to make this complete/perfect?

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