This Chinese herbal healing oxtail soup is a classic nourishing recipe based on Traditional Chinese medicine. The oxtail soup provides the full range of health benefits of the bone broth. Coupled with the use of goji berries and codonopsis root, this Chinese herbal healing oxtail soup focuses on toning and strengthening Qi. Whether you are in a process of healing or just looking for a cozy and nourishing meal, it's a perfect recipe for the whole family in cold weather.
2literfiltered water plus more for blanching and rinsing
As long as time permits, soak the oxtail chunks for a few hours in cold water and rinse to get rid of as much blood as possible.
Submerge oxtail pieces in new water in a stock pot, bring to a boil then let it cook for a few minutes to get the inpurities out of the meat and bones. Although some prefers to skim off the foam, I highly recommend discarding this water and rinse remaining scum off the oxtail chunks. You will get a much clearer and yummier soup in the end.
Cut the ginger into thin slices.
Gently wash the codonopsis roots, then cut into 1 inch long pieces. The whole root is edible after cooked. The head of the codonopsis root (the bigger end) is the most nutritious.
Add the oxtail, sliced ginger, pieces of codonopsis root, and vinegar back to the stock pot, cover with 2 litres of clean filtered water. Vinegar helps to extract the minerals from the bones. Simmer for a minimum 6 hours. Add more water if the water runs low.
Meanwhile, peel the potatoes. Cut both potatoes and tomatoes into bite size of your liking. Trim off the roots of the mushrooms.
After the broth has been simmered for at least 6 hours, add potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, rice wine, goji berries and salt to taste. I typically use around one and a half tea spoon of salt. Simmer for another hour. Enjoy!
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