Cook Like a Chamorro: Oxtail Kadu
Want to know how to cook like a Chamorro? Here’s how to make oxtail kadu, a dish known for its comforting qualities, mainly because it’s meant to be shared:
Ingredients (serves two people)
• 1 lb oxtail
• 2 ounces onion
• 2 ounces ginger
• 1 clove of garlic
• 2 quarts of water
• 3 ounces taro
• 3 ounces papaya
• 1 cup pumpkin tips (can be substituted with spinach)
• 2 ounces long beans
• ½ cup coconut milk (½ cup)
• 1 stalk of green onion
1. Chop all ingredients
2. Sear oxtail on high heat with a little oil until hard.
3. Season with a teaspoon of salt and pepper. Brown meat with a teaspoon of soy sauce.
4. Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Add water.
5. Let it come to a boil, simmer on medium heat for 2 ½ hours, stirring occasionally.
6. Add a tablespoon of salt.
7. After 2 hours, add taro.
8. After 2 hours, 40 minutes, add papaya.
9. After 2 hours, 55 minutes, add pumpkin tips and long beans. Let it come to a boil.
10. Add coconut milk, then turn off heat. Add green onions. Serve with fina’denne.
• 1 ounce onion
• 2 donne’ (peppers)
• 3 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
• 3 calamansi
• ¼ cup soy sauce
1. Chop onion, peppers, and cherry tomatoes.
2. Squeeze calamansi.
3. Mix onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes, calamansi juice, and soy sauce.
Lenny Fejeran and his wife Pika opened their fourth restaurant, Kadu, on November 1, 2018. Their restaurant is designed for people that are always on the go, or too busy to eat a real homestyle Chamorro meal. Everything on their menu is to-go, because “kadu is meant to be eaten at home with the family...that’s tradition,” said Fejeran. “It’s CHamoru comfort food made accessible and done right.”
For more details, watch ‘Cook like a Chamorro’ video:
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