Gori Gom Tang 꼬리곰탕 (Ox-tail Soup)

February 27, 2011 § 9 Comments

Hello everyone after another busy week!  How is it already the end of February?

A few weeks ago, I had an almost-disaster with round one of making this soup.  But the crisis was averted and here is the successful, delicious second try.

A few notes:

1. ALWAYS keep an eye on your water level.  Don’t let the heat get too strong, as the best result will come with slow and steady cooking. 8 hours is a long time, I know, but it’s worth it.

2. I know it’s a hassle, but I really can’t stress how important it is to dump the water after the first boil. All the impurities and foam that develops after this first boil can thwart a beautifully clean, milky-broth.

3.  This is so easy, simple, and delicious.  It’s one of those soups that warms your entire body with how comforting it is.  I am instantly brought back to my childhood whenever I have this deliciously delicate broth. I am a purist when it comes to this soup, I know there are a lot of variations of putting radish, ginger, onion, and other sorts into this, but I am a bit enamored by this Korean-type-consomme, pure and simple. Feel free to add other ingredients if you so desire, but I am the biggest fan of this bare bones version.

Gori Gom Tang Recipe

4 lbs beef oxtail

1 quart + 1 quart + more cups as needed of water

4-5 cloves of garlic

Green onion (chopped finely), sea salt, and pepper to taste

1. Soak your beef oxtail in a pot of cold water for one hour.  You’ll notice the water will turn a little bloody, this is the point.  We want to get rid of as much blood inside the bones as possible. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Fill a pot with the quart of water and then add bones.  Bring to a full-fledged boil for about five minutes.  Watch carefully so that the water and foam do not overflow.  Once you see a lot of foam piling on top of the pot, turn off the heat and drain all of this water VERY CAREFULLY.  Put the oxtail in a big bowl and rinse with cold water to make sure all the foam and impurities are rinsed off.  Next, rinse out the pot and clean with soap and water if needed.

3. Add the oxtail back to the pot and add a quart of water.  Bring to a boil, and then lower heat back down to a medium-simmer. Place the cover on the pot and let simmer for 6~8 hours, the longer the better, while checking every hour to refill with water as needed.  The broth should be a milky-cloudy-color, and a LOT of fat will have been released.  Carefully, scoop out the fat using a ladle, or I’ve read that some people remove the bones, then refrigerate the soup and remove the hardened fat the day after.  I am too impatient for that so I ladle the fat out myself.

4. The oxtail meat will be so tender that it will be falling off the bone.  If it’s not, the soup isn’t ready!  Once ready to serve and fat-less, turn up the heat to a soft boil and add garlic.  Boil for ten minutes, and then ladle into bowls to serve, around 1-2 big oxtail sections per serving.

5. Add green onion, sea salt, and pepper to taste at the table.  I also put a little bit of salt and pepper on a small dish and dip my oxtail meat into it,  so scrumptious.  Enjoy!

I love eating this soup with a bowl of white rice and some spicy kimchi.

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§ 9 Responses to Gori Gom Tang 꼬리곰탕 (Ox-tail Soup)

  • Anonymous says:

    Have you ever thought about using a pressure cooker to shorten the cooking time? My mom makes this soup using a pressure cooker, and it doesn’t take close to the 8 hours that you posted.

    • sooheesun516 says:

      Hi James! I have read that lots of people use pressure cookers for this, and I am sure that the end result is delicious. I don’t have a pressure cooker so I don’t have much experience with one, but I will be sure to give it a try if I ever get one! Thanks for the tip.:)

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  • Sophia Yang says:

    Awesome recipe! I just made a huge batch just like u said.

    • cozybogie says:

      Hi Sophia! Thanks so much for stopping by and trying my recipe, and most of all, thanks so much for leaving a comment and saying hello! I am so glad you enjoyed it…it’s the best on cold days like this right?

  • pang says:

    I tried to make this twice but somehow I cant achieve the milky color soup, am I boiling it too high? Thanks!

    • cozybogie says:

      Hi Pang! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The key for this soup is low and slow, and also having enough oxtails to begin with so they can release that beautiful bone-flavor into the broth over time. Try reducing the heat to a simmer and adding a cover, and make sure the water levels are continually refreshed so you don’t end up with a pot of scorched broth. The broth will never become white like sullongtang-broth, but it will be a rich, slightly golden-colored broth. If the flavor is there, then that’s all you need to worry about, don’t worry about the color of the broth too much. Thanks and let me know how it goes!

      • pang says:

        Thank you so much, I will try those tips. I dont think I was doing that!. Another question, for sullongtang-broth its high heat and knuckle bones. But for oxtail is slow, correct? Thank you!

      • cozybogie says:

        I think you use a different combination of meats/bones for sullongtang and for oxtail, you strictly use oxtail meat. I haven’t tried sullongtang broth yet, but will have to give it a try!

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