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Korean Oxtail Soup

 Kkori (kkoli) Gomtang 꼬리곰탕
Korean Oxtail Soup recipe | Kkori (kkoli) Gomtang

Very Delicious and flavorful Korean Oxtail Soup {Kkori Gomtang)꼬리곰탕

I mentioned few posts back that while I was sick I ate a lot of soups and this particular one made it frequently in from of me. I made huge pot of this soup and ate it in two days, and then made it twice after I recovered; It was so good that I couldn't stop eating! At that moment It was just what I needed and to honestly tell you the truth it is way better than any chicken noodle soup, even if I compare it to the homemade. 

The best part for me about Korean cuisine besides tastiness is how many dishes are spicy with special unique aroma and distinguished taste. It just opening up your appetite and you would ask for more. The color of dishes are always just incredible too. I get attracted to that lovely color and of course taste. 

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Korean table setting or "bansang
Banchan (반찬 panch-an) is a central fixture of Korean meal and it refers to the small side dishes where Koreans serve their most traditional delicacies such as red chili pepper paste, soy sauce, kimchi etc.; Soups and Stews are not considered as a part of the bunchan. 

Oxtail Soup looks difficult but it's actually very simple not at all. Even though it takes long time to cook, it's totally worth the wait! But you can always use pressure cooker. 

Very Delicious and flavorful Korean Oxtail Soup {Kkori Gomtang)꼬리곰탕
This was my serving size :)
I made Napa(Chinese) Cabbage Kimchi (배추-baechu 김치-kimchi) that you see on the photos. Koreans have many kinds of Kimchi depending on the season and over 200 types, but one made from Napa or Chinese cabbage is the most common one. For some of you that don't know what Kimchi is ...well it's basically fermented vegetable. The difference between regular Sauerkraut and Napa Cabbage Kimchi is in preparation, and spices. It is very flavorful and if you make it at home you can adjust the heat, too although you have non spicy kimchi which is called "white kimchi/baek kimchi" . I like my food with a lot of heat, so mine was very spicy because I used more Red Chili pepper powder or gochugaru, but it is again optional how much is too much for you. 
I bought jar from my local store and it was mild, almost not as spicy so I decided to get everything and give it a try. Thankfully my first try was success and I started to make kimchi from that moment on; because not only that it is delicious but it is consider one of the healthiest foods. Why am I writing about kimchi? Well because Koreans eat kimchi with almost every meal. 

Bite sized Napa cabbage kimchi {baechu kimchi}
Korean Oxtail Soup {꼬리곰탕}
  • 3 Lb. Oxtail (beef)
  • 1 Onion, peeled
  • 6 Garlic cloves
  • 3 inch Fresh Ginger, peeled
  • 1 Daikon/large Asian Radish
  • 1 Tbs. Whole Peppercorns, 
  • Water to fill the pot
  • Scallions-green part
  • Salt to taste

spicy korean goodness gochujang
Meat/Beef Seasoning:
  • 1 Tbs. Red Hot Chili Pepper Paste (고추장-Gochujang)
  • 2 Tbs. Soy Sauce, any kind but try to look for Korean brand/import
  • 1 Tbs. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 2 Scallions, green part
  • 1-2 Chili Pepper, sliced
  • Salt if needed to taste*
Pull apart the meat that you cooked, it should be very tender. Mix soy sauce, sesame oil and red chili pepper paste; stir it in the meat. For final presentation sprinkle sesame seeds on top as well as green part from scallion and fresh red chilies. On the end I just mixed everything but if you are serving it for other people  you can serve everything separably in the little bowls so they can adjust the heat to their own individual taste. I didn't use any salt but if you need just add dash or two. 

1. First wash the oxtail very well under the cold water-then fill the big bowl or pot with water and put oxtail pieces in there for 45-1hr. so the blood can get out. 
Once that process is over, wash the oxtail again. Put it in the large pot, fill with water and boil for 15-20 minutes. Drain it again so you can get rid of unnecessary fat. Drain the water out and wash the oxtail once again, and wash the pot too. 

2. Second part: Put the oxtail back in the pot and fill with the water, but this time add whole peeled onion, whole garlic cloves, ginger, peeled daikon radish and peppercorns. Cook covered on a low heat for next hour and half (1 1/2hrs) -if you need to add more water you can do so one cup at the time. Also skim with the spoon broth each time you see the bubbles of fat rising up. That way you will get rid of the unnecessary fats. I found it easier to take the onion, radish, garlic, ginger and peppercorns out when I drain the broth in the other pot and drop the oxtail back in the broth, but you can try taking everything out individually or just use large tea bags and put smaller ingredients such as garlic, and peppercorns in there so all you need to do just pull it out and since the onion and radish is large that is easy to take out. You will need to pull them out after hour and half of cooking. 

3. Third part: Add more water to the broth if needed, cover the pot with only oxtail and boil on a medium heat for next one hour (1 hr). After an hour take the oxtail out, and separate all the meat from the bones, set all on the side and put the bones back in the pot to cook for one more hour (1hr) on a low heat-simmer, covered. At this time you could add pinch or two of salt but you can do that once it's served and on the table. Broth needs to be whitish, rich and full of flavor. Bone marrow is making the broth whitish and bit fatty and that is what you want to achieve while making this soup. 

Serve it with sprinkle of green onion (green part) with Rice, kimchi, and pull apart flavored beef that is literally melting in your mouth and gives amazing compliments to the broth. Clean your spoons while eating and enjoy! 

  • This soup cooked for well over 3 hrs and you can imagine the flavor. It can be boiled longer and up to 5 hrs. Once it is cooled down, you might have some leftovers, put it the air tight container and in the fridge- just heat it up on the stove again and eat/or it can be stored for 4-5 days in the fridge and used as a meal flavoring.
  • I used first two times beef chuck, because I like slow boiled beef and it does add to the broth flavor a bit. I do recommend for beef lovers to use more meat, but in chunks not as a cut out in cubes beef for stews! 
  • If you do not wish to make kimchi and want to taste it, you can buy it in the Korean, Asian or International markets; they carry usually many different sizes and types. I found my first one in Kroger close to the fruit and veggies sections, it was little jar but It gave me an idea how it taste. 
  • If you do not want to pull the meat off the bones, you can serve them in the separate bowls or in the soup, but put on the side another bowl with paper towel so you can hide what you couldn't eat or chew. 
  • This soup is not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it and I hope that you will too. 

My final advice is "do not be afraid of the time consuming and the prep or steps in this soup, it is very well worth it and I know that you will not be disappointed." It's soothing when you have a cold and it can be great when hangover!:)

World is our plate and we have so many amazing cuisines that we need to explore more, experiment, taste and appreciate it! 

Now few of my fave blogs~Korea native living in the US. Wonderful blogs, full of interesting facts and stories plus delicious and traditional meals. 
Korean Bapsang 
cHow Divine    

I hope you will try it. It could be one of your weekend projects if you never made this kind of soup/broth before. 
Korean Oxtail Soup | Kkori Gomtang |

Wishing you all amazing week!!!!
Your friend,

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  1. I have never tied cooking anything with Oxtail :)
    Your dinner looks so inviting.. yummy!

  2. You just made me wish I can jump on a plane and knock on your door. That looks like an amazingly good lunch! I never tried making kimchi but I have eaten it and I like it very much. You're right about the colors. They look so beautiful!

  3. OMG that looks delicious Sandra...I love korean food and Oxtail. Check out my oxtail soup

  4. Your Korean table looks amazing! And how nice of you to pull off all of the meat for everyone. Most people leave that up to the diners :) It's getting a little chilly here in the NE as of late. I want some of that soup!!!

    Thanks for the mention Sandra. Hugs to you too!

  5. Your post is so timely. I eat oxtail once or twice a year and apparently, it was time to eat it again because I've been craving it. This soup sounds so good--I'm a newbie when it comes to Korean cooking so this was helpful for me. Looks great, Sandra!

  6. @Medeja, It is similar to the bone shank soup. Very rich and i hope you try it! Thanks!

    @Binh, I liked your soup, although different with beets and potatoes but very warm and appetizing looking too. Thank you!!!!

    @Gomo, I like meat on the side, it was defiantly worth the wait. Thank you!

    @Jean, Oh you should try making it yourself...I know you would love it!!! Thank you!

  7. very impressive & well done sandra! each dish pair perfectly together and this really reflects everyday korean dining--bowl of rice, hearty soup, spicy meat dish, and kimchi as banchan (side dish). you might embarrass other korean food blogs (including mine) with this posting. ^^

  8. Ohhhh Sandra! The oxtail soup looks very very delicious! What a balanced meal you have. I didn't grow up eating oxtail but my husband introduced to me and ever since then I'm hooked with this. The broth must be amazing especially cooking for a long time. This is a wonderful feast!

  9. Beautiful presentation, Sandra! Hope you are feeling better!

  10. @OJK, Thank you guys so much! I appreciate your kind words and encouragement!

    @Nami, The broth as you said is amazing and very delicious especially if combined with all the other side dishes. As you know well i was enjoy it very much!:) Thanks!!!!

    @Laura, Yes, i am feeling better, thank you for asking! Thank you for the comment!

  11. I am looking at that that beautiful plate of Kimchi and I am drooling because I love Kimchi. I hope you are have a good week, Sandra! :)

  12. I love the themed lunch my friend and what an exquisite dish - seems so complex!

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. What a gorgeous soup!! I would love every spoonful of this. :)

  14. @Ray, Thank you! i appreciate your comment!

    @CCU, Thank you! It was fully satisfying!

    @Ramona, Oh I know you would! It was awesome! Thanks!

  15. I don't think I've ever even tasted ox tail soup, but now I'm craving it!!! Loving all the accompaniments, too! Glad you're feeling better, my friend~

  16. Sandra - Your Korean table looks very impressive! You make kimchi? How awesome is that! It looks great - spicy too. That milky ox tail soup is calling me right now. You got the right idea. You really don't need anything else with that delicious soup - just a bowl of rice and kimchi. AND, thank you so much for the mention!

  17. @Lizzy, It is better than regular broth or any other soup. Very very delicious, and you should try it!

    @Hyosun, I appreciate your kind words and they mean so much to me. I tried my best to represent and not to miss anything, but there is so much more to say that I don't think I can put it in one post!:) Thanks again!!!!

  18. Wow what a great post, your meal looks wonderful. I've eatin kimchi once and I loved it. So great that you are trying out new cuisines!

  19. How great that you put so much care in to your meal before you post it. I haven't really ever had Korean food before, but I would love to try it!

  20. @Suzanne, i am glad that you like kimchi, I like it very much too and sometimes eating by itself. Thanks!!!

    @Erin, I do a lot of research before putting anything on my blog. I like Korean cuisine; Many dishes have some kind of history behind it so it is interesting to read and find more as I am going further to the Dynasty era. Thanks!!!

  21. Yum Yum! very beautiful Sandra, never had oxtail before but your clicks looks amazing, made me hungry :)

  22. The color, the taste, everything is just exceptional, Sandra. Thank you for sharing good food and inspiring words. Much needed on this somewhat cooler October morning. I hope you are having a wonderful day!

  23. Hi Sandra,

    You are such genius in your cooking! You have cooked your Korean dish so well! Very impressive :D


  24. Love Korean food! You have a solid spread over there! What time can I come over?

  25. I don't think I ever had Korean food before but I'd love to try it one day.
    Beautiful photos Sandra

  26. Oh, this is one of those nights I'm up late and HUNGRY! This looks amazing! Your page looks beautiful BTW....

  27. I've never had oxtail before, but the napa cabbage kimchi looks soooooo delish!!

  28. Thank you ladies for your kind comments!

    @Jen, anytime!:))

  29. Oh yum, delicious. Fab recipe and well written post too.

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  30. Koreans always have a thing for spicy food which made me took interest on their cuisine. I had used their australian ham to create a weird recipe of bulgogi. Yes it may sound very contradicting, but it worked. It is quite the recipe.

  31. I got lots of Korean friends and they love spicy meals. They have this idea I love cooking. I was asked to make one of those Ramen. I used the right amount of chili powder which is a lot, and they love it.

  32. @Kerry, Korean ramyun is very delicious, and I wouldn't have it any other way than spicy. :)

  33. Oxtail soup is a family favorite. Even though we are not Koreans, it really has been a family tradition to include the dish in gatherings. And when I say family gatherings, it involves all of our family members. I cook this dish on drum heaters to hasten the cooking time cause I really cook this dish that will feed thirty to forty persons.

  34. I remember eating some Korean food when I attended a family friend's wedding event. The catering as far as I can remember can be found somewhere in Suffolk. And the couples surely is fascinated with spicy foods cause they've got a bibimbap there with a lot of wasabi sauce.

  35. Korean cuisine has always been on the healthier side of cooking. I like their choice of lean cuts of meat to their dishes with a combination of vegetables or hot soup to aide digestion. Its no wonder that obesity has a low rate in their country.

  36. @Lara, YEs, I am glad that you posted your opinion. I couldn't agree more with your comment. This soup have fat but it is actually very good what is left in the broth from bone marrow. Thank you!

  37. The oxtail soup really tastes great. I always make this soup when I feel sick.

    1. It is comforting and I do love it especially when I am sick! Thank you for stopping by!


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