Oxtail Pho

At first glance these eye-catching chile peppers look like red jalapeno. However, they have a different flavor and are less meaty than Jalapeno. Red Fresnos are great roasted and added to salsas. Try grilling them alongside your steaks or in kabobs.

When roasting these they should char, blister, and become soft. Try substituting these in your favorite chile recipes.

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2 pounds oxtail
5 quarts water
1 large carrot, peeled and cut into large chunks
1 small daikon, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 onions, halved
1 3-4 inch chunk of ginger
1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves
4 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons fish sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

To serve:
pho noodles
sliced green onions
roughly chopped cilantro
red chiles
Thai basil
lime wedges
hoisin sauce


yields: two giant bowls of pho, or four regular size ones

Toast your ginger and onions in the oven on broil until the onions are sweaty everything is nicely charred. Peel the ginger and onions and set aside until you’re ready to start your broth.

Toast the coriander seeds, cloves, and star anise in a dry pan on low heat until they are aromatic, about 2-3 minutes. Tie the spices up in cheesecloth for easy removal from your soup.

Put your oxtail pieces in a large pot with cold water and bring to a hard boil for 5-10 minutes to force the scum and impurities out. Drain, rinse the oxtails and wash your pot.

Fill your clean pot with about 5 quarts of water and add the oxtail, ginger, onions, and spice packet. Bring to a boil and lower to a very gentle simmer. Simmer for as long as you can. Reducing it will intensify the flavour. I let my broth simmer for about 4 hours until the water reduced to 3 quarts. At this point take out the oxtails and set aside. Remove everything else from the stock and discard. Strain the stock into a new clean pot and cool before putting in the fridge overnight.

Remove the meat from the oxtails and discard the bones. Shred the meat, cover and put in the fridge for the next day.

The next day a large amount of fat will have coagulated on the top of your stock. Skim and discard. Gently heat the stock up and season with fish sauce and sugar. Add the sugar and fish sauce in increments until you’re happy with the flavour. Bring the stock to a roiling boil.

Prepare your noodles according to the package, strain and place in a large bowl. Add a generous amount of oxtail meat (the stock will heat the meat up), top with broth, and garnishes. Enjoy!

From iamafoodblog.com