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Sop Buntut (Oxtail Soup)

So where have I been again? Abandoned the blog for more than a week.

I got chicken pox. Yes, in my age. Yikes! How embarrassing!

Started with fever for 3 days and then one morning when I woke up my face already covered by rashes and blisters. No wonder the night before I couldn’t sleep from itch all over my face and head. Woke up every one hour from the itch attack. It wasn’t nice at all. Didn’t want to look at the mirror for a few days because I looked scary.

How bad was it?

Well, my husband had to stay 4 days from work to look after his girls (me and daughter), luckily we had a long weekend last week from Easter. He had to cook and clean while I was just staying in bed. Not much energy and useless. Also, last Sunday my husband’s grandma visited us. And she saw my photo (the one I use for my profile photo in about section on the right) and asked if it was me. She couldn’t even tell it was the same person. Sad…

Another embarrassing story. My daughter is always very shy in front of new people (aren’t we all like that?) including her teachers in her pre-school. Even though she’s been there for almost 3 years now. And today when I dropped her, her teacher told me that yesterday she talked to them about me having chicken pox and doctor gave me some medicine because my Β face covered by prickar (dots). Well, at least she has something to talk about with her teachers. My daughter can be very random sometimes, still cute though πŸ˜€

Anyway…Β today’s post (don’t worry, I made this before I was sick) is oxtail soup. Some of you might find it disgusting and weird. But let me tell you, the tail has the kind of texture of meat that I like. Very nice. And the bones make the soup tasted very rich too. If you haven’t tried oxtail yet, give it a try, you might like it.

This time I was trying out my rice cooker to cook something other than rice. Yup! I cooked this with my rice cooker. I took me around 3 hours, about the same time if I cook it with a pot on the stove. The good thing is, I didn’t make a mess on the stove, so I don’t have to clean it after.

Ox tail soup

Oxtail Soup

  • Servings: 3 - 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 kg oxtail
  • 2pcs star anise
  • 3pcs cloves
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • Β½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1 medium size onion, roughly chopped


  • Boiled potatoes
  • Boiled carrots
  • Tomato wedges
  • Chopped parsley
  • Chili sauce
  • Lime juice

How to:

  • Wash oxtail and place in a large pot.
  • Add water until it covers all the oxtails. Bring it to the boil. Take the tails out from the water and rinse again. Throw the water away.
  • Put the tails back into the pot. Fill with fresh water enough to cover all the tails.
  • Add all the spices.
  • Cook it over medium heat for around 2.5 hours and simmer for around 30 minutes or until the meat is tender enough. Skim the stock once in a while to get a clear broth.
  • Once the meat is cooked and tender. Serve with the condiments and warm rice.


  1. Horrible to hear about you catching chicken pox! Hope you are healing and getting on with your normal life. I grew up eating oxtails! I loved them as a kid. I should try your soup.

    • I’m fine now, still have some scars left though. Other than that, I think I’m healthy already.
      Yes yes.. I think this is the easiest way to enjoy the oxtail. And it’s refreshing too πŸ˜‰

  2. I am sorry to here about your run in with the chicken pox. This dish though looks wonderful. I love oxtails, but I have no idea where to find them. I have yet to see them at my local supermarket or any of the meat markets I frequent. If I ever find them, I will try this.

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