This is oxtail soup as it is enjoyed in Korea. It is inexpensive and easy to make. Serves 6.
10 cups water
1 T. sesame seeds
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 T. sesame oil
1/4 t. black pepper
2 T. onion, minced
1 T. garlic, minced (about 2 cloves)
Step 1. Have the butcher cut the oxtail into about 8 pieces. Wash and place in a soup kettle with water. Bring to a boil and simmer, removing the scum from the surface, about three hours or until the oxtail can be pierced easily with a fork or chopstick. Remove the oxtail from the broth and cut away the excess fat.
Step 2. Place the sesame seeds in a pan and brown slowly over low heat, then grind in a mortar.
Step 3. Combine the ground sesame seeds and remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the oxtails and stir until well coated. Return the oxtail and sesame mixture to the broth and bring to a boil before serving.