This oxtail soup achieves a well-balanced, flavorful broth with the addition of simple ingredients like onions and turnips

How to Make Authentic Chinese Oxtail Soup”

Recipe by Annie Tibber


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This oxtail soup features basic ingredients such as onions and turnips, which complement the rich flavor of the oxtails, resulting in a well-balanced and flavorful soup


  • 2 1/2 pounds of oxtails (1.1 kg)

  • 12 cups of water (2.8L)

  • 1 large onion (sliced into wedges)

  • 1 medium-sized Chinese turnip or daikon radish (cut into large pieces)

  • Salt (to your liking)

  • Cilantro, chopped for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Thoroughly rinse the oxtails under cold running water and pat them dry using a paper towel. Place them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes.
  • Take a large stockpot and pour in 12 cups of water. Add the onions and the previously roasted oxtails, then bring it to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to maintain a very gentle simmer (avoid allowing the heat to become too high, as it can lead to excessive liquid evaporation).
  • Simmer the mixture for approximately 6 hours, keeping the pot covered (longer simmering time yields richer flavors). Periodically, skim off any accumulated fat from the surface. Around 30 minutes before serving, introduce the turnips into the simmering broth. Allow them to cook until tender, and season the soup with salt according to your preference.
  • Serve the soup, and garnish it with finely chopped cilantro.

Recipe: Chinese Oxtail Soup

This Chinese Oxtail Soup recipe brings together basic ingredients like onions and radishes to complement the rich flavor of oxtail, creating a harmonious and well-rounded soup.

I find this Chinese Oxtail Soup recipe wonderfully straightforward and easy, to the point where I feel a bit bashful about sharing it. However, upon trying it, Sarah enjoyed it so much that she insisted we share it with you.

The combination of the sweetness from the vegetables and the delectable taste of simmered oxtail will leave your taste buds longing for more of this delightful dish.

In many Chinese households, a meal isn’t complete without a accompanying bowl of soup. Recently, I contemplated making soup, and oxtail happened to be readily available.

While the thought of preparing a pot of soup every night may seem intimidating, this particular soup recipe serves as a testament to its simplicity! It comprises only six ingredients, two of which are water and salt.

Chinese soups typically offer a sweeter and lighter contrast to the heartier Western-style soups, making them a nutritious choice.

In this specific recipe, onions and radishes are incorporated to balance the robust oxtail flavor, resulting in a soup that’s not only well-rounded but also pleasantly delicate.

There are no intricate cooking techniques involved – just time and patience. The primary task is skimming off any fat that accumulates on the soup’s surface.

Lastly, a word of advice: dispose of grease properly in the trash (ensure it has cooled and solidified). Avoid pouring it down the drain, as it can cause damage to your pipes!

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