Bonus Bits: Ox Tripe and Why It’s Healthier Than You Think

Ox Tripe by Meat Depot

Some people love eating exotic food – critters, guts, embryos, including unpopular cuts of meat. If we tell you how healthy it actually is, does that take the fun out of it? We hope not. As we continue our feature of Bonus Bits, we will be talking about Ox Tripe, otherwise known as Beef Tripe and the nutrition it packs.

Ox Tripe is the lining of the stomach. It has a chewy texture and a distinct but mild flavor that works well in soups and stews. Ox tripe is a significant source of Vitamin B-12 (for DNA formation and red blood cells), Selenium (fights cell damage and aging) and Zinc (another antioxidant, good for immune function, healthy vision, and lessens risk of heart disease).

Ox Tripe fits well into any calorie-controlled diet. A 3 ounce portion of simmered Ox Tripe provide you with 80 calories, 10 grams of protein, 1.7 grams of carbohydrates and 3.4 grams of fat, including 1.2 grams of saturated fat. This is only about 5 percent of the daily value for fat and 6 percent of saturated fat, making it a fairly low-fat option.

A word of warning though as food as good as this are not perfect. This amount of Ox Tripe also provides 44% of the daily value for cholesterol. As usual, have it in small portions or always share!

Below is a Q and A with Meat Depot’s very own butchers:

Q: Why do butchers recommend using Ox Tripe?

A: We recommend Ox Tripe because of the nutrition that we can get from this part and the exciting flavor it has. Most of us have limited knowledge on how we can use Ox Tripe as a main ingredient for our dishes but this part serves as a source of minerals as well as protein and vitamins which our body relies on for good health. It’s a bit chewy (rubbery) unless it’s been stewed for a long time so it really depends on how it is cooked but the good thing here is, Ox Tripe absorbs the flavor of the sauce it’s cooked in, like the famous dish, Callos or other stew recipes. But, we have a friendly reminder to all that it should be consumed infrequently and in very small portions only due to their cholesterol content

Q: What food or recipes could this part be used for?

 A: You can use Ox Tripe for different recipes like you can have it deep-fried, stir-fried, even dim sum recipes or, our famous and favorite dish: Callos.

Q: How do you prepare your favorite Ox Tripe dish?

 A: Our favorite Ox Tripe recipe is Callos, also known as the Ox Tripe stew. Here are the simple procedures:

  • Pour water in a casserole and bring to a boil.
  • Put-in the onion, whole peppercorn, ox feet or ox tripe. Simmer until the ox feet and tripe are extremely tender.
  • Remove the ox feet and tripe from the cooking pot and let it cool down for a few minutes.
  • Heat a large pan then pour in the olive oil.
  • Add chorizo de bilbao and bacon then cook in medium for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Pour-in the tomato sauce then let boil.
  • Add the tender ox feet and tripe and 2 cups of stock (water used for boiling the ox feet and tripe) then simmer again for ten minutes.
  • Add salt and pepper then put-in the carrots (only if desired). Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Put-in the chick peas and bell pepper.
    Transfer to a serving dish. Serve hot and enjoy!

Q: How much is the Ox Tripe at Meat Depot
A:  Ox Tripe at retail price is Php 215.00 and the Ox Tripe at wholesale price is Php 205.00


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Banawe Branch
815 Banawe st.,
Quezon City

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283 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes, Sucat

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