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cooked japanese style oxtail noodle broth

Introduction

My interpretation of a simple Japanese style broth using oxtail as it gives a rich and unctuous liquor to soak into the noodles. Here I leave the meat on the bone which makes for messy although thoroughly enjoyable eating. The other option is to remove the cooked oxtail from the broth and pick the meat off the bone then fold back through the broth. There are a whole range of noodles to choose from. Here I use Japanese wheat noodles, however Udon will be a good alternative. Beef short ribs also work really well with this method!

Method

Traditional cook: Serves 3 to 4 / prep 10 mins / cook 4 hours / easy

Pressure cooker: Serves 3 to 4 / prep 10 mins / cook 1 hour! / easy

japanese style oxtail noodle broth recipe ingredients

Traditional method

  1. Heat the oven to 150°C /130°C fan assisted (gas 2).
  2. Sear the oxtails in a little oil then remove from pot.
  3. Gently cook the garlic until softened in a little oil, then add the mushrooms followed by the ginger in rice vinegar and sugar, bring to a boil and reduce to a syrup.
  4. Add the Dashi, soy and mirin and bring back to a simmer.
  5. Add the ox tail back to the pan and then cover with a lid and place in the oven and cook for 4 hours until the meat starts to fall away from the bone easily, at this point its optional to skim away the clear oil floating at the surface or leave which results in a slightly heavier dish.
  6. Fold through Bok Choy or seaweed and ladle the broth over a bowl of noodles.

Pressure cooker method

oxtail in pressure cooker
  1. Prepare for sear mode.
  2. Sear the oxtails in a little oil then remove from pot.
  3. Gently cook the garlic until softened in a little oil, then add the mushrooms followed by the ginger in rice vinegar and sugar, bring to a boil & reduce to syrup.
  4. Add the Dashi, soy and mirin & bring back to a simmer.
  5. Add the ox tail back to the pan and close the lid with the setting for Hi pressure cooking.
  6. Cook the ox tails for 45 minutes on Hi pressure mode.
  7. Once pressure is released carefully open the lid, at this point its optional to skim away the clear oil floating at the surface or leave which results in a slightly heavier dish.
  8. Fold through Bok Choy or seaweed and ladle the broth over a bowl of noodles.
oxtail noodle broth cooking

To serve 

Garnish with spring onions.

cooked japanese style oxtail noodle broth