Dishes w/ tongue in the Bay Area
In the conversation around what makes a DOTM (ingredient vs. dish), I wondered about tongue (ingredient), as it appears in a variety of cuisines.
Melanie Wong replied with a great list of examples:
"duck tongue tacos, duck tongue tempura, Maggi duck tongues, five-spice duck tongues, barbecued pork tongue, lengua en salsa, Japanese grilled beef tongue, Chinese fried dough pastry called cow tongue, bollito misto, Persian lamb tongue in saffron, corned tongue, headcheese, veal tongue in aspic, pickled tongue..."
And suggested I start a new discussion thread on the topic. Which I'm doing!
On the Specials board at Pacific Court Cafe: slices of beef tongue are offered with gravy and plated with lamb, pork, or fish fillet. It's not on the menu.
Otherwise, my go-to is the lengua taco or lengua chilaquiles.
Lengua is Wednesday's Special at La Perla in South San Francisco - they moved to 222 Lux Avenue.
I'm lunching on lengua tacos today:
Taqueria Castillo B
86 McAllister St
(between 7th St & Leavenworth St)
9 am to 10:45 pm
Soy sauce pig tongue (takeout).
I buy many whole tongues, freeze them for later inhalation -- microwave reheat. As I recall about $6 per pound.
My favorite place in Oakland is Yung Kee:
888 Webster St
corner of 9th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Other places sell barbecued tongue, but I prefer the unctuous goodness of braised ones. The BBQ tongue is sometimes dried out.
I don't need names -- I just point to the items in the tray (at Yung Kee). They have tongue every time I've been there (it's in the same tray as the stomach). I usually buy all that they have on hand.
If I am sitting down for dinner (never been to YK for dinner, this happens at other places) and they don't understand English -- which is rare -- I just point to the appropriate part on my anatomy. One time I ordered intestine, and the cook emerged from the kitchen to gawk at me; he couldn't believe that someone of the Caucasian persuasion had ordered intestine.
grazie, yimster. the joys of Cantonese (and some Hakka of course) names for all the pork dishes, the non-fluent would not know all the preparations are pig/pork based -- no shared words between the terms. pai gwut, char shu, foh yuk, gee lee ....at least lop yuk can be filed in the vicinity of foh yuk and lop ahp (duck). the 'gee' in gee lee is the same word in 'gee ghurk', pig's feet ?