I wish Campbell’s Soup could can up some oxtail soup. Sure it wouldn’t taste as good as a fresh pot cooked up by some one who knows what they’re doing. But it sure would be nice to be able to pop a can open and heat up some yummy oxtail soup for a quick meal.
Some of the best oxtail soups I’ve had are from Malaysia. Thailand also has many restaurants too that serve oxtail. However, I’ve noticed most of the restaurants that serve the best tasting oxtail soups are in these tiny nondescript locales. And restaurants serving oxtail soups are typically Islamic complete with Halal offerings.
One of best restaurants well known for oxtail soup is near my wife’s family home in Nakhon Pathom. There’s this one shop where everybody goes for oxtail. I saw government workers, hospital workers and everyone else in between during lunch time order up oxtail in a small roadside restaurant by a canal. I can’t even remember the restaurant because it really is out in the boonies. You could easily pass this restaurant while driving but word of mouth spread throughout the area about their famous oxtails.
Now if you’re an oxtail soup fanatic like me, but don’t want to travel out into the boonies try the food court over at JJ Mall in Chatuchak, Bangkok.
You might be shocked that I’m recommending food court grub as good eats. You’d be surprised that you can indeed find some good grub at mall food courts. Many of the food stalls are not run by pimply teenagers like you’d find in US food courts. Most of the best food courts in Bangkok have grannies or dedicated experienced cooks. These are folks that have cooked most of their lives for loyal customers and you can see they are by far the busiest food court stall.
The food court stall serving oxtail soup I go to in JJ Mall is the busiest shop, especially during the weekends. Aside from oxtail they also make some excellent curry chicken with rice pilaf and many Malaysian delicacies. And yes, I typically order and joy both together. Geez I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Oxtail soups served in Thailand and Malaysia still have a lot of fat attached to the oxtails. I noticed back in US oxtails served in restaurants and even the ones you buy fresh and packed from supermarkets have a lot of the fat trimmed off. So if you’ve got a lot of problems with gristle you might not enjoy their version. Personally I don’t mind it at all as the proportion of meat to gristle is just right. If I recall correctly a bowl of oxtail cost about 90THB around $3 bucks. The chicken over rice pilaf cost 45THB so about $1.50. And they don’t skimp on the portions. What a bargain!
So if you’re in Bangkok and visiting Chatuchak Weekend Market and want to try something other then the usual Thai fare, head over to the JJ Mall where they have a comfortable air conditioned food court. Check out the Islamic food stall and enjoy some of the best Malaysian food in Thailand!