Oxtail Cabbage Soup

October 16, 2022  Cambodian Chef Avatar
Oxtail Cabbage Soup

Oxtail Cabbage Soup, a delightful and straightforward dish, is easily prepared at home, offering a delicious combination of oxtail and cabbage in a Cambodian culinary style reminiscent of Vietnamese beef soup. This simple yet satisfying soup requires minimal ingredients, making it accessible for home cooks looking to enjoy a hearty and flavorful meal.

The recipe begins by placing oxtail, chopped yellow onion, and water in a large soup pot. The mixture is brought to a boil over high heat, and then the pot is covered with a lid for a simmering process that lasts approximately two hours, allowing the oxtail to become tender and infusing the broth with rich flavors.

Once the oxtail reaches the desired tenderness, the lid is removed, and bite-sized cabbage pieces are added to the pot, increasing the cooking temperature to high until the soup reaches a bubbling consistency. The seasoning process involves adding fish sauce, salt, sugar, and black pepper, allowing the flavors to meld and creating a well-balanced broth.

The final touches include topping the soup with chopped green onions and cilantro, enhancing both the visual appeal and aromatic qualities of the dish. Oxtail Cabbage Soup is best enjoyed hot and served with rice, providing a comforting and satisfying meal that exemplifies the simplicity and deliciousness of Cambodian cuisine. This soup, reminiscent of Vietnamese flavors, stands as a testament to the shared culinary influences across cultures and offers a delightful experience for those seeking a taste of authentic and homely cooking.


1/2 lb (225 gram) of Oxtail
1 yellow onion, chopped
8 cups of water
1/2 head of cabbage, cut to bite sizes
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 tablespoon of sugar
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 cup of chopped green onion and cilantro

Directions to make Oxtail Cabbage Soup

  1. Put oxtail, onion and water in a large soup pot, cook with high temperature till water boiling.
  2. Covered soup pot with lid, simmering till oxtail tender (approx 2 hours).
  3. Removed lid, add cabbage, stirs, increased cooking temperature to high, cook till soup bubbling.
  4. Seasoning with fish sauce, salt, sugar, and black pepper.
  5. Top with green onion and cilantro.

Serve hot with rice.

Enjoy it

Related Recipe: Pumpkin Beef Shank Soup

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2

Calories Per Serving: 741

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏42g 15%
Cholesterol ‏248mg 83%
Total Fat ‏30g 38%
Saturated Fat ‏12g 60%
Dietary Fiber ‏13g 46%
Protein ‏78g 156%
Sodium ‏3931mg 171%
Sugars ‏25g 50%


30 min


30 min




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