We Just completed our second food therapy class at the Wedge. Participants enjoyed learning about which foods benefit the body during the cold Minnesota Winter from a Chinese perspective, and got to try a number of delicious Chinese dishes! Our next class will be announced after the new year, so keep your eye out for our Spring newsletter.
Here’s one of the dishes we made for this season’s class. Braised bone cuts of meat are fantastic for keeping you warm during the cold winter months, and benefit the Kidneys according to Chinese Medicine.
Braised Oxtails with Star Anise and Chinese Greens
- 12 (2- to 2 1/2-inch-thick) oxtail pieces (about 4 1/2 pounds), fat trimmed
- 2 cups low-salt chicken broth
- 1 large onion, halved, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 8 large garlic cloves, peeled
- 8 whole star anise*
- 6 (1/4-inch-thick) rounds fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Chinese brown bean sauce (not ground)**
- 12 to 18 yu choy, baby choy sum, or baby bok choy
- Chopped green onions
- *Brown star-shaped seedpods; available in the spice section of some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores and Asian markets.
- **Available at Asian markets.
Arrange oxtails in single layer in heavy large pot. Add next 8 ingredients, then enough water to cover oxtails by 1/2 inch; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, and simmer until very tender, adding more water by 1/2 cupfuls as needed to keep oxtails covered, about 3 hours. Cool slightly. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled at least 1 day and up to 3 days.
Spoon off and discard fat from sauce. Rewarm oxtails over low heat. Transfer oxtails to large plate. Boil sauce just until reduced enough to coat spoon thinly (do not reduce too much or sauce may become salty). Discard ginger slices and star anise.
Meanwhile, cook yu choy in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 4 minutes. Drain well.
Divide yu choy among shallow bowls. Top with oxtails and sauce and sprinkle with green onions.