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Red Wine Oxtail Stew

I actually wrote a blog about red wine oxtail stew. But somehow it disappeared. Today, I cooked it again. So I rewrote it.

  1. Prepare oxtail. I used about 600g, 4 pieces. Place them in a big bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Dust them with flour. Just let them be coated with a thin flour layer is enough.
  2. Heat a pan. Add in oil. Fry oxtail with patience till each side turns beautifully golden brown. Transfer them into a deep pot.
  3. Prepare vegetables. I used 2 carrots (chopped into small chunks), 1 onion (diced), 1/4 head of cabbage (chopped into medium slices), and 3 chopped cloves of garlic.
  4. Use the same pan (the one used to fry oxtail) to fry vegetables. Fry for, let’s say 2 mins, or till they become slightly soft. Add in 2 tbsp flour, later while slow cooking, it will thicken the soup. Stir fry evenly.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Add in 2 tbsp tomato paste. Stir evenly and pour into 1/2 cup wine. Boil a bit to let the alcohol evaporate.
  7. Transfer everything into the deep pot. Add in 2 bay leaves, 1 star anise. Turn to high heat to boil it. Then turn to low heat and slow cook for 3 hours. Try to have a taste to see if it needs seasoning again before serving.

I also prepare mashed potato to be served with stew. Prepare 2 medium potatoes, wash, peel and chop them. Boil till fully cooked. Mash them with a fork. Season with salt and pepper. Also add in 1 tbsp butter. Mix them well.

Butter potato paste as the base, place oxtail stew over it.


I also saved some to make my hubby’s bento.

He really loved the hot buttery mashed potato and the oxtail stew. He kept saying “tai had chi le” means “very delicious”. 🙂


Mashed Potato

1. Cut potatoes into small chunks. If your potatoes are very clean, you can peel them after boiling. If not, please peel them before boiling. Boil potatoes in hot water with some salt till completely soft.

2. Mash potatoes with a fork and set aside for later use.

3. Heat a sauce pan. Cut in 15g butter. When butter melts, add in 15g flour. Keep stirring till they get fully mixed. Keep low heat to avoid getting burnt.

4. When the flour & butter mixture turns brown, pour in 1 cup chicken stock. Keep stirring let flour & butter mixture dissolve in stock.

5. Season with 1/2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 1/4 tablespoon dark soy sauce, salt and black pepper. Keep stirring to reduce the sauce till very condensed and thick.

6. Pour sauce over mashed potato.


My husband gave it a big thumbs up.

Cheesey Croquette 

1. 2 medium potatoes peeled and cut into small pieces.

2. Boil or steam till done.

3. Put frozen carrot dices, corns and sweet peas in boiling water for several seconds. Then take out and drain.

4. Mash potato pieces in a bowl. Add in carrot, corn and sweet peas. Stir well.

5. Sprinkle salt and black pepper. Stir evenly.

6. Put a spoonful of mashed potato in hand. Add in some cheese. Then wrap it up and make into round shape.

7. Coat rounds with a thin layer of flour, then egg mixture and bread crumbs at last.

8. Fry in the pan till golden brown. I just shallow fried them.

Served with sauce you like.