Oxtail Stew with Soy Sauce Recipe
Oxtail Stew Is An Excellent Food for Pregnant Women
Oxtail stew is one of the signature soups for childbearing women in China. The first time I had ever tried this soup was during my first pregnancy. My mother-in-law introduced me to this soup because this soup is loaded with lots of nutrition, especially high in calcium which is what a pregnant woman needs the most. Although Oxtail stew takes at least 3 hours to cook, the procedure is quite simple and the end product is worth the time and effort. The longer you cook it, the more tender the meat you will have. The use of soy sauce instead of salt helps bring out the flavor of the oxtail in a surprisingly fresh way. The combination of oxtail and different vegetables such as onion, carrot and celery provides the most of the essential nutrients that a pregnant woman needs - protein, calcium, and vitamins.
I use Pearl River Bridge Soy Sauce
- 1 lb Oxtail
- 5 stalks Carrots, Medium
- 5 Potatos, Medium
- 5 stalks Celery
- 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
- 15 cups Water
- 2 Onions
- In a large pot, boil 5 cups of water.
- Add in Oxtail and bring the water to a boil for about a minute, then turn off the heat.
- Empty the water. Raise the Oxtail to make sure there is no scum.
- Return the Oxtail to the pot and add in 10 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil, then simmer it for 2 hours. Use a mesh sieve to remove the unwanted oil and scum once in a while.
- Meanwhile, wash the carrots and cut them into 1"- 2" pieces; clean the potatoes and cut them in large pieces, clean and remove the stringy rib of the celery, cut them into 1" - 2" pieces.
- After the Oxtail has cooked for 2 hours, add in the carrots, potatoes, celery and onions. Turn up the heat and boil them for 1 minute.
- Add in the soy sauce, stir, then lower the heat and simmer for another 1.5 hour. Turn off the heat and let it sit for about 15 minutes before serving.
At the base of the celery is often the dirtiest part that you will need to pay attention to because it traps dirt in there. Trim off 1/4" to 1/2" off the base and the other end toward the leaves. I like to use the stalk as well as the leaves for the stew. Wash the celery in a pot of water, then under running water. Use a thin blade knife to help remove the stringy ribs off the stalks by pulling them up at the each end. If you don't mind the celery not cut into perfect shapes, you can snap the stalk into two by bending it outwards. Then you can use your fingers to pull off the strings.
The skin of a potato is nutritious. It contains protein, iron, potassium, vitamin C and dietary fiber. If you are using organic potato, keep the skin. Wash it with clean water and use a soft brush to brush off any dirt. Cut the potatoes into a size of your choice. If you don't have organic potatoes, removing the skin of the potato is one way to get rid of any harmful pesticides embedded in the skin. Some people like to use vinegar or the mixtures of lemon and salt to help remove the pesticides following by rinsing the potatoes with a lot of water.