Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Beef tongue

Before you completely hurl, you have to understand that I grew up eating things like pig’s feet and chicken feet and oxtail and turkey tails.

I’ve never had beef tongue, and Captain Caffeine wanted to try it, so he went to the Chinese market and got one. Raw, it looks rather disgusting so I won’t post the picture.

He braised it in the pressure cooker with some herbs and then sliced it and braised it again in soy sauce and green garlic.





It actually turned out rather tasty, and I’ve eaten liver and kidney and didn’t get grossed out, but something about the beef tongue was a little off-putting. It tasted fine, it was just something in the texture or something that made me not care much for it.

Have you eaten beef tongue before? How did you prepare it?

6 comments :

  1. Wow, you guys are very brave to cook it yourself! I've only had them prepared in restaurants. Very lean muscle type protein. And the flavor can be quite tasty... But yah, maybe it's the thought of it being the "tongue", I don't quite care for the texture of it.

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    1. The reason we wanted to try it ourselves is because the Captain had it at a Japanese restaurant and really liked it. But alas, ours was not as good and there was something about the texture I didn't like. Couldn't quite put my finger on it.

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  2. I like reading manga, and when they head for Yakiniku and order offal (diagphram?) and tongue, it's like, 'Um, can I have filet mignon instead?" I'm totally a food wuss. Can't do organs and offal. Jewish delis serve tongue. My mom ate all the weird animal bits. I didn't inherit that disposition. Sadly. Offal is good for you.

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    1. Offal is good for you? Still, after the tongue experience, I'm not sure I'd try it...

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  3. A friend of ours in CO made us a whole Mexican meal including the beef tongue. She put it with some peppers or something. The taste was not bad, but the texture... yikes. I couldn't get past the taste buds sitting there... it was like it was tasting me while I was tasting it. The rest of her meal was DELICIOUS (of course, I love Mexican food).

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    1. ROFL! Yes, I can relate! The little taste buds were kind of nasty looking. But I can see how tongue would be good as a Mexican dish with spices.

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