Recipe: Lengua

LenguaThis clever Philippinized vegan version of the classic Spanish dish substitutes cruelty-free gluten for cow’s tongue. Hearty, delicious, and with just the right kinds of spices, it’s a delectable treat that will surely get the family talking!

1 kg gluten (available at local health-food stores)
30 ml soy sauce
10 ml ground white pepper
30 ml canola oil
2 medium-sized red onions, minced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 can sliced mushrooms (280 or 300 grams)
120 ml coconut milk
240 ml water
10 ml potato starch, dissolved in 30 ml water

  • Wash the gluten well, removing the starchy residue on the outside. Squeeze to remove the excess water and slice into 10 cm–thick strips. Marinate overnight in soy sauce and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a wok. Stir in the onions and sauté until transparent. Add the garlic and sauté until golden brown.
  • Add the gluten and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  • Slowly pour in the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Cook on high for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Slowly add the water and bring to a second boil. Cook on high for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add more soy sauce if desired. Slowly pour in the potato starch until the sauce acquires the desired thickness.

Makes 4 servings

Posted by Jason Baker