mama chu’s tomato beef tongue…

19 Jun

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife

Ok I get it, saying beef tongue does not make most people say yum but when you’re Chinese and you grow up on it, you kinda crave it every once in a while.  I realize it is yuck worthy for less experimental palates but this is some seriously good stuff if you can past the squeamish part.  It’s tender, packed full of flavour and it’s my mama’s recipe so don’t be hatin’.

With a few common pantry items, you can turn beef tongue into something quite delectable, my mom always served it on rice but I suppose pasta or a good hunk of bread would be great stand-ins.

Here’s the recipe!

What you need!
1 beef tongue
3 bay leaves
1 onion
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp minced garlic
500ml tomato puree (pasta sauce will also do)
salt and pepper to taste

What to do!

1.  First you have to boil the dickens out of the beef tongue.  Chop up the onion and throw it in a large pot with the beef tongue, salt and bay leaves.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer.  This is going to take at least 2 hours, maybe even more.  Keep replacing the evaporated water if needed and cook until the tongue is mega tender (poke it with a knife and it should slide in fairly easily).

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife


2.  This is where people get squeamish.  Take the tongue out and while still hot, peel the skin off.  I know it’s gross.  If it doesn’t come off easily, it hasn’t been cooked enough, also if you let it cool too much, it’ll be harder to take off.

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife

3.  Slice the tongue into nice 1″ pieces, yes my friends, beef tongue does take on a pinkish hue

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife

4.  Heat up a skillet to medium and drizzle in some oil of your choice.  Brown the slices a few minutes on each side.  You technically skip this step but it does add flavour and firms up the sides.  Do this in batches if necessary.

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife


5.  Remove the slices and set aside.  I used tomato puree I canned from last year but you could use anything you have handy, even pasta sauce!  Because mine was plain, I added some garlic, salt and pepper.  Simmer lightly for a few minutes.

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife


6.  Add the slices back in and let simmer for a few more minutes.  Serve over rice, pasta or with a side of crusty bread…enjoy!

beef tongue theurbanpocketknife






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