Don't Be Scared Of Ox Tail, Its Your Friend
Nov. 5, 2011 10:17 am
Updated: Nov. 6, 2011 3:19 am
I think many people don't buy Ox tail because of the location of the delicious meat. It certainly is not Kosher that's for sure. I first ran into people that ate Ox tail when I was in Korea, they just love it over there. So I figured since I was there
I should give it a go, I was surprised at the rich flavor it had.
Some years later back here in the USA I said something to my wife about getting some Ox tail to make Ox tail soup, she balked at the Idea, and it took me some time to convince her to try it. after she begrudgingly took that first spoon full I could see her
cringing face turn into a smile.
Don't be scared of ox tail it tastes just like beef with the extra flavor for making soups, and beef broth. Once you start cooking it the connective tissue along with the cartilage start to brake down and leave you with some beef stock to die for.
The down side is it's also a more expensive. I pickup two 1 1/2 pound packs today, it was $4.29 a pound. But since I am frugal I bought the ones marked down (40% off).
I also bought two packs of Beef Shank Center Cut they were $2.78 a Pound, but I also got that at 40% Off. It has a nice slice of bone in it with some nice bone marrow. A beef shank is from the legs of the cow, and since it is also a working part of the cow
it has some nice beef flavor and the kicker is the bone marrow.
I am going to make beef broth for a dish called "Pho". "Pho" is a Vietnamese beef and rice noodle soup, and
you must cook the beef, and bones for about 6 hours so you can draw all of the beef flavor out.
Phở originated in the early 20th century in northern Vietnam. The specific place of origin appears to be southwest of Hanoi in Nam Dinh province.
If you don't like rice noodles you can simply add the broth to your favorite noodle or oriental noodles. For me, fresh home made beef soup is nice warm comfort food. Good for those cool fall and winter days.
My dogs are going to be happy for the bones when I am finished.
Ox Tail, And Beef Shank, before I added more water.