Lengua Con Setas or Ox Tongue with mushroom is a delicious stew that everyone can enjoy. Ox tongue is a delicacy that should not be looked down by those who don’t like the idea. In fact, the tongue is one of the tastiest parts of the cow. Making Lengua Con Setas takes time and patience. […]
They say that the tongue is the primary organ for taste. Having said this, did you ever wonder how a tongue would taste like – in a culinary fashion, of course?
I have tried many lengua (Spanish word for tongue) dishes and not one of them was unfavorable. In fact, I think that I can live a week eating different ox tongue dishes (only if the cost won’t be a factor).
Are you are grossed-out in the idea of eating tongue? Don’t be, tongue is considered a special ingredient in most of the world’s major cuisines. Contrary to what you might be thinking, ox tongue tastes great – better than steak in some occasions.
In my life, I have only cooked five different lengua dishes. It might sound plenty already but there are still other highly recommended ox tongue dishes that I haven’t tried (I will practice cooking the others before the holiday starts so that we can have some interesting treat for Christmas and New Year dinner).
Lengua in Mushroom sauce is a rich and flavorful ox tongue dish. Its creaminess reminds me of beef stroganoff – pasta or mashed potatoes are a good idea for sides. Steamed rice will work too, but make sure to have at least an extra cup – you’ll definitely need it.
To feed your curiosity, the very first ox tongue dish that I tried cooking was the Lengua Estofado (estofada). I think I was 15 or 16 back then.
Try this Lengua in Mushroom Sauce recipe and let me know what you think.
Lengua Estofada (sometimes called Lengua Estofado) is stewed Ox tongue cooked in tomato sauce. This dish is of Hispanic origin; it has been adopted by the Filipino Palate (Panlasang Pinoy) due to Three Centuries of Spanish colonization.
Some people look at this dish as something exotic or unusual. Adjectives like “gross” or “yucky” are sometimes used to describe it. When I was still a child, I personally despise Lengua. Back then, it was hard to understand why many people enjoy eating cow’s tongue. As years passed by, I learned to appreciate this delightful dish. I just imagined that the meat I’m eating is beef brisket (believe me, it worked). Did you know what my first impression was after tasting this dish? An upscale version of the Beef Kaldereta
Try this great tasting Filipino recipe : Lengua Estofada.