It has been quite chilly here the past few days. So chilly that a pot of soup was in order. I love this soup. I remember having it at a friend’s house for dinner when I was 10 years old. And in my early 20’s, I learned this recipe from Kimi. I remember one time I made this soup and E added a dried bay leaf to it —it threw this entire soup off and not in a good way. Suffice it to say it went into the trash. If you want to alter this soup in any way —please do not add a bay leaf in here. The flavor of this soup comes from the oxtail and the veggies. There’s no need for any herbs or spices. Bottoms up!
This recipe came from my very first Chinese cookbook in English that Kimi gave me. It was one of the first recipes I made from that book. This is one of those stews where you literally throw everything into one pot and let it sit on simmer for an hour. The stew is light but full of flavors so if you’re in the mood for something on the less hearty side, this is a good one to make.
Over the weekend I was craving for some seafood stew. I didn’t care that it was stew-inappropriate weather. I’m one of those people that can eat soups and stews regardless how hot it is outside, as long as I’m craving it —I’m having it. There’s a local bakery that makes AMAZING breads —got a French baguette to go with the meal. It was heaven!
My first authentic Korean food experience was in 1997 when I first met M. This was about the time when E started dating him. Since then, I have been exposed to many wonderful Korean dishes. Pajeon, kimchi jjigae, sundubu jjigae, to name a few (I’m a big soup/stew fan!). Several years ago, I decided to make my at-home version of kimchi jjigae. I think I have come up with a version I’m satisfied with. A warning —this is pretty spicy. I mean BTS (Burning Tonkomong Sensation) spicy. 😀
I didn’t start making risotto at home until a few years ago. I always thought it was a difficult dish to make. I saw an episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachael Ray was demonstrating how to make it. While it is an easy dish, it certainly didn’t take 30 minutes! For me, it took about 45-50 minutes.