Lengua Stofada

Lengua estofada is a Filipino dish with a Hispanic influence which consist of ox tongue braised in a tomato sauce. This is really a Spanish dish which is very obvious just looking at the name of this dish. Sometimes is its also called lengua estofado which is the real Spanish name of this dish. Preparation is a little bit tedious because you have to blanch the tongue first then scrape and remove the white thick skin. Because if you don’t, it will have a disgusting taste when cooked. Tenderizing it will also take some time so a pressure cooker is a great help to make your cooking time shorter.


How to Cook Lengua Stofada
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Recipe type: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino/Spanish
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 ox tongue (about 1½ to 2 kilos)
  • 2-3 large onions, quartered
  • 6 green olives (optional)
  • ¼ kilo pork fat
  • 3 Tbsp. pimento
  • 1 small can tomato paste or 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. MSG
  • 1 tsp. pepper (ground)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • ½ cup rum
  • 2 Tbsp. chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bell pepper, red & green (strips)
  • 1 small can pineapple juice
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 chorizo de bilbao (finely chopped)
How to cook lengua stofada:
  1. To clean tongue, dip in 3 cups boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes, then scrape white, thick skin. Then wash in clear water.
  2. Place in deep pan, pour water enough to cover tongue. Boil. Lower heat and simmer until half done.
  3. Saute onion and pork fat (in big slices) in butter. When onion is wilted, add all ingredients except bread crumbs.
  4. Stir for 3 minutes, then add to the deep pan where you boil the ox tongue. Continue cooking until the tongue becomes tender.
  5. You may add more water if sauce dries and meat is not yet done.
  6. Let it cool. Cut tongue into thin slices. Arrange in serving plate. Thicken sauce with bread crumbs then pour over sliced tongue.


Lengua Estofada