Beef Tongue Sandwich

I love lengua! I was never shocked by it. I never said a "Yuck! Tongue!" because frankly, it is just soooooo delish! However, my appreciation of lengua has been limited to dishes like tomatoey Lengua Estofada and Lengua in Mushroom sauce.

When I saw a pack of thinkly sliced Beef Tongue at New Hatchin Grocery, I knew it would be a great time to experiment with one of my favorite pieces of... cow. Haha!

Upon further research, I learned that the Japanese enjoyed Gyutan marinated in mirin and chilis and quickly grilled. The beef tongue is thinly sliced, so just a few seconds on the grill or pan would cook it to perfection.

I immediately imagined making the beef tongue it into a sandwich. Some onions, a bit of horseradish, and we'd be set!

Beef Tongue Sandwich: demure version hahahaha
To make this, you'll need:
thinly sliced beef tongue- available at New Hatchin (7602 Sacred Heart St. cor Metropolitan Ave San Antonio, Makati)
soy sauce
olive oil
red wine
onions- sliced
cheese- I used Morbier- stinky and good!
horseradish- Available at Santi's
lettuce- I used red butter lettuce
bread- I used mini whole wheat ciabatta from French Baker

Place the beef tongue on a plate. Add a few drops of soy sauce and season with pepper. Don't over season. The thin slices will absorb the flavors immediately. Too much soy sauce will result in salty lengua.

Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute onions. Add some red wine and let the onions cook for a about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Add more olive oil in a pan. Add some garlic, then add the beef tongue. It will only need about 10-15 seconds to cook. Immediately take out of the pan and quickly assemble your sandwich.

Toast bread then spread some horseradish on the bottom (It gives the sandwich a spicy kick!) then add some lettuce leaves. Add onion rings, then add the beef tongue. Top with slices of cheese.

To make your sandwich even tastier, you can use the sauce from the pan as dipping sauce! I imagine this sandwich would be great with a bit or garlic aoili, too. Some fries on the side wouldn't hurt either!

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