Lazy Oxtail Stew

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This is the lazy version of Bo Kho (Vietnamese Stew), which I think is perfect for a mid week meal, when your busy but still want to eat something tasty. In this recipe I have used Wagu tail from LL Wagu which is my favourite stall at the Flemington Farmers Market. I used a slow cooker to make this dish. Less mess and more flavour!

Makes 2 serves


1 kg of Oxtail cleaned

2 litres of beef stock

5cm piece of ginger, thinly sliced

1 stalk of lemongrass, cut into 5cm pieces

2 medium sized organic carrots, chopped to about 3cm

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 cloves of local garlic, roughly chopped

1 tbls paprika

1 tbls fish sauce

1/2 tsp red chili powder

1/4 tsp clove powder

a pinch of pepper

1 tsp sugar

2 star anise


  1. Put everything into the slow cooker and mix properly, ensuring the spices and herbs are spread evenly.
  2. Make sure the meat is submerged; if not add a bit more water.
  3. Set the slow cooker on ‘low’ and leave overnight or for 8 hours.
  4. About 1 hour before its done, add the carrots.
  5. Season to taste before serving.

Serve with crusty Vietnamese baguette

If you don’t have a slow cooker you can do this on a stove for about 4-5 hours, depending on how soft you like your meat.

Enjoy :)

Lady Rice


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2 Responses to Lazy Oxtail Stew

  1. Tracey says:

    So easy, can’t wait to try this recipe!

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