Recipe of Maritel Nievera | Lifestyle.INQ

Recipe of Maritel Nievera

Ox Tongue Asado

Note: Although it’s not a regular part of its daily buffet, Cabalen will include asadong dila (ox tongue) in the buffet as part of its 25th anniversary celebration every Sunday this coming October. It’s a perennial favorite and one customers often look for.  Here, for those who want to try it at home, Nievera shares her recipe for asadong dila. Although this takes a long time to cook, it’s well worth the effort.

1 whole ox tongue, around 1 to 1½ k

Water, for boiling

½   c olive oil

6-7 garlic cloves, crushed

2 c tomato sauce

3 c water or beef broth

½ c fresh calamansi juice

¼ c soy sauce

2 bay leaves

Wash ox tongue in running water and put it in a large pot. Add enough water to cover (around 10-12 cups) and bring to a boil. Let boil for 15-20 minutes or until a hard white skin appears on the surface of the ox tongue. Remove ox tongue from water and scrape off the white surface.  Discard the water and let ox tongue cool for easier slicing.

Slice the ox tongue crosswise into ¼-inch thick slices. Heat olive oil in a large casserole and sauté garlic until golden brown (don’t let garlic burn). Pour in tomato sauce, the three cups water or beef broth, calamansi juice and soy sauce.

Add the sliced ox tongue and bay leaves and bring to a boil.  When liquid boils, lower heat to a simmer.  Let simmer until ox tongue is tender (around 1½ to 2 hours).

Remove bay leaves.  Transfer ox tongue and sauce to a serving platter and serve.

Cook’s tips:

To cool the ox tongue faster before slicing it,  chill it a few hours in the refrigerator.

If desired, add some halved potatoes and carrots to the simmering pot after around an hour of cooking time.

You may also add green pitted olives.

Cabalen: Filipino and Asian buffets are available at P468 per person, net price, at 2/L TriNoma Mall, Quezon City; G/F Glorietta 3, Makati; SM Mall of Asia; SM City Clark; and SM Megamall, Edsa, Mandaluyong. For inquiries call 3723515 or 8939884. For catering, call 3732914 and 0922-8812207. Or visit

Branches offering all-Filipino buffet at P368 net per person include: 67 West Avenue, QC, tel. 3732914, 3723515; Robinson’s Place, Manila; Robinson’s Starmills, San Fernando, Pampanga; Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall; Festival Supermall, Alabang; Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna; and SM City, Cebu City.

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