Kitchen Capers

Tongue Sandwich

by Farah Photography FriedChillies on Tue, October 23, 2012

The beef tongue is a much neglected part of the cow. It's quite a shame that not a lot of people would attempt to cook it because it is actually delicious and rich in flavour. If you're game to try it, why not start by making a tongue sandwich?

Fancy some tongue?

Hari Raya Haji is coming up and since most Muslim families will receive a lot of meat during this occasion, we thought that it would be appropriate to highlight one part of the cow that is usually neglected by home cooks - the tongue. Although it can look quite intimidating, the tongue is actually a popular delicacy especially in the east-coast of Malaysia.

Conventionally, the tongue is boiled first and then barbecued before being sliced thinly. The thin tongue slices are then served with air asam, which is a sour tamarind dip.

Don't be put off by how it looks, tongue is really delicious if you prepare it right.

We decided to prepare it differently. Instead of serving it on its own with the air asam, we wanted to give it a 'deli' twist by making sandwiches instead. The outcome? Tasty and rich-tasting tongue, grilled eggplant, tomatoes and a tangy mayo sauce sandwiched between soft white bread. Tongue-licking good. ( Sorry, just had to put that in )

Be adventurous and give this recipe a try.

The FriedChillies Tongue Sandwich

Before cooking the tongue, you have to clean it up first. First, take off the outer skin, then scrub it clean using a soft kitchen brush, Since tongue has quite a tough texture, it needs to be boiled for a few hours to tenderise it. We've also added vegetables and spices to help flavour the tongue.

Serving : 6
Prep Time : 15 mins
Cooking Time : 4 hours

Preparing the Tongue:

The tongue needs to be boiled for a few hours to make it soft and tender.


Boil the tongue with assorted vegetables to add more flavour to the meat.

500g Tongue, cleaned and skin taken off
1 Carrot
1 Leek
1 Celery
1 Onion
3 Cloves of Garlic
2 Bay Leaf
1 Tbs Peppercorns
4 L Water
Salt and Sugar for seasoning


1. Put all the ingredients in a stock pot and bring it to boil.

2. After 5 minutes of boiling, bring it down to a simmer and cook for at least 3 hours. (This process is to make sure that the tongue becomes soft, tender and not rubbery).

3. Once done, remove the tongue from the pot and leave it to rest for a few minutes.

After the tongue has been resting for a few minutes, cut it into slices about 1-cm thick.

Grilling it will give the tongue a wonderful smokey taste.

Then, grill it with a bit of butter until slightly charred.

While the tongue is being boiled, you can prepare the sauce. The sauce is a combination of mayo, Worcestershire sauce, pickles and English mustard. It is tangy, peppery and sour which goes so perfectly well with the grilled beef tongue.

Prep Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : No cooking required but it needs to be chilled in the fridge for 2 hours

Preparing the Sauce:

You can also use this sauce for burgers.


3 Tbs Mayonnaise
2 Tbs Dill Pickle, roughly chopped
2 Tbs English Mustard
2 Tbs Worcestershire Sauce
Salt and Pepper for seasoning


Combine all the ingredients and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

You can actually assemble the sandwich now with white bread, the sauce and the grilled tongue slices but as always in the FC kitchen, we like to take it one step further. To make it even more decadent, we dressed up our sandwich with tomatoes, grilled eggplant, salad leaves and cheese.

Assembling the Sandwich:

Check out the juicy charred tongue slices.


Liven the sandwich up with a selection of condiments.

12 slices White bread
6 slices Cheese
Handful Salad Leaves
2 Large Tomatoes, sliced
1 Large Eggplant, thinly sliced and grilled with olive oil


Start by spreading the sauce on a slice of white bread. Then, layer salad leaves, tomato slices and grilled eggplant slices.

Want some tongue in your mouth?

Put the grilled tongue on top of the eggplant. Add in a slice of cheese, drizzle more sauce and finish it off with another slice of white bread. For a more robust sandwich use baguette instead of white bread.


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