I cooked up a huge pot of this recently and thought I'd share with ya'll. Sorry, no pictures.
I learned how to cook ox tail soup pretty recently. My mom came to take care of me/my son after I gave birth and this was one of the things she cooked for our familiy.
Ox Tail (I get the ones from the local Korean market.)
Da-shi-ma (Dried, thick seaweed)
This is like the easiest recipe ever. Basically, you boil a huge pot of water then dump the ox tail, da-shi-ma, ginger (peeled and sliced), and garlic (whole cloves) inside. You let it boil for at least 1 hour (preferably more). Skim the yucky stuff off the top. Serve in a big bowl (salt and pepper to taste) with a bunch of chopped green onions with a side of kimchi. We usually put the rice inside the soup too, instead of eating it separately. Eat the meat by dipping it in soy sauce for seasoning.
Don't let the simplicity of this recipe fool you. It tastes DELICIOUS!
I usually make two packages of ox tail so that we can have leftovers for 2 nights. The soup gets better and better the more times you re-heat it. The meat starts falling off the bones and the broth gets more savory. You can also take most of the fat out after the soup cools in the fridge.
Some variations. You can add a whole onion (halved or not) to the soup. If you love spicy food like I do, you can also add da-dae-gi (the pre-made spicy "sauce" you can get at the Korean market) or add dried pepper flakes (go choo ga ru). My almost 2 year old son LOVES this soup and my meat loving husband loves it too.
Although I like to think that I am a decent cook, I just cannot get myself to follow recipes. Instead of measuring, I just add to taste. Sometimes, that doesn't work out very well. I don't do well with dishes that require an exact amount of something. Also because I'm lazy and not disciplined enough to do serious meal planning, dishes like this that require very few ingredients and that are easy to whip up are most of what I cook.
Anyone else have simple, easy "recipes" to share? Some of my other go-to Korean meals are kimchi chigae (soup), fried rice (spam and corn), ttuk-bok-gi, ttuk-gook (rice cake soup?), and frozen man-doo (dumplings).