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(Nuoc Dung Bo)
Simple Art of Vietnamese Cooking
Many Vietnamese consume great quantities of
beef stock and cooks are finicky about the bones that go into make it.
Oxtails are usually cut crosswise before they are sold. Look for those
that have a good red color and no dark or brown marks. Some Vietnamese
prefer to blanch the bones first, then proceed with the cooking of the stock.
3 pounds oxtail, pieces or other bones
such as shin or neck
1 ginger, 3-inch
1 red or white onion
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 whole star anise
1 cinnamon stick
2 bay leaf
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon sugar
1½ teaspoons fennel seeds
In a very large stockpot...
Cover the oxtails with water and bring to a
boil over high heat.
Drain off the water.
Cover the oxtails with
14 cups fresh water.
Add the salt.
Bring to a boil again.
Using tongs, put the ginger and onion directly over a low
gas burner or electric burner on medium-high heat and char them all
over, about 4 minutes.
Be careful not to burn yourself.
Remove from the heat and rinse any ash from the ginger and onion.
Add the ginger and onion to the stock.
Add the star anise, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves, and sugar to
Put the fennel seeds in a tea ball and add to the
When the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and
simmer, skimming occasionally, for about 2½ hours.
The stock will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.