Easy Lengua in White Sauce

Melt-in-your mouth tongue slices in rich, creamy white sauce. Make sure you have lots of “extra rice” on the side.

Lengua in White Sauce

The bump is seven months! Oh how time flies!

There are days when I felt that I just couldn’t keep up. Work is piling up and I continue to be as sleepy as ever during the day and sleepless at night. I couldn’t keep the house clean, no one’s folding the laundry — and oh, the dirty clothes looks like Mt. Everest.

The movement in my belly is awesome, BTW. I wonder if she’s doing some acrobatics in there during different times of the day. Purple is not as restless as this one when she was the occupant in my tummy. I am trying to keep calm and take this one day at a time. I still cook, though. It may not seem like it but I cook.

Since it’s almost always blazing hot everyday. I try to steer clear of those dishes that take longer to cook. The other day, I actually thought of cooking Beef Pochero because I kinda missed it but I remembered it’s not fun slurping hot soup when it’s 34º outside.

Then  I remembered I missed eating Lengua as well.

Lengua in White Sauce

When talking about lengua, what always comes to mind is the delicious Lengua Estofado that my mom used to make. This is the lengua I grew up eating. I just assumed my mom didn’t like white sauce because that’s what she always makes when it comes to lengua.

These days, I made sure Ykaie knows both Lengua Estofado and Lengua in White Sauce.

This Lengua in White Sauce recipe is both easy to make and budget-friendly because I used pork lengua instead of ox’s. Pork lengua is relatively cheaper and easier to cook. It’s a great choice when you’re on a tight budget because it saves you both time and moolah. Ox lengua is tastier though, so if I have a little more time and budget to spare, this is what I go for.

Do you cook lengua at home? Any other lengua recipe I should try?


Lengua in White Sauce

  • Author: Peachy Adarne


  • 2 pcs Pork Lengua (pork tongue), around 500g
  • salt and peppercorns
  • bay leaf
  • water for boiling
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 carrot, cut into pieces
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream or all purpose cream
  • beef cube + water or beef stock


  1. Clean the lengua by rubbing salt to remove the grime. Wash it thoroughly with water.
  2. Put lengua in a pot along with water for boiling, bay leaf, peppercorns, and salt.
  3. Boil and simmer until tender. Beef lengua will take longer to be tender, around 1-2 hours. Pork lengua takes 30 minutes to 1 hour only.
  4. Slice the lengua diagonally and remove the outer layer that looks like a rubbery cover that would peel off easily.
  5. Heat butter and oil in a pan. Sear the side of the lengua then remove from the pan and set aside.
  6. In the same pan, sauté garlic and onion until onion becomes translucent. Add flour.
  7. De-glaze the pan with water, and add the beef cube.
  8. Pour in the heavy cream and mix well.
  9. Bring to a simmer then add the lengua, carrots, and sliced mushroom.
  10. Simmer fro a few more minutes. Season to taste, then turn off heat.
  11. Serve with steamed rice

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121 Responses

  1. I never knew the tongue was edible. It’s definitely not something you see when you’re shopping in the meat department of the grocery store around here 😉

  2. This looks like a tasty recipe. I know what you mean about feeling like can you keep up. I think we all get like that. But we are woman hear us roar. LOL Congratulations on your soon to be new arrival.

  3. I’ve been meaning to branch out a little in the kitchen and this recipe seems right up my alley. I’m going to have to give it a try and see what my husband thinks. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

  4. This looks so good indeed but I don’t know about eating pork tongue. I would so eat the other parts of this dish though. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for allowing me to learn something new re a recipe! I like the simplicity and also versatility! I wish I could come through the screen and try this now!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe, it sounds so interesting. Congrats on baby bump btw, I remember those days of not wanting to do anything but sleep. I’m happy to see your taking care of yourself and eating right, that’s so important.

  7. This looks so tasty!!! I am always looking for pork recipes! For some reason I can find killer deals o pork at the store but never know what to do with it! I need to give this a try

  8. I ‘ve never tried this, looks tasty and yummy. I would love to try this and I am sure my family would loveit too.

  9. My uncle from the province also cooks a dishes containing pork lengua and I really don’t like the smell. I don’t know if its the lengua or just how he cooks it. I never tried any of it as I’m very picky with this kind of dish. Anyway, I’ll show this recipe to him and ask if he has done it. If not, I’m sure he’d love to try it out.

  10. This dish looks good and it always looks mouthwatering, but I think that’s how far I’ll go. Lol. I tried, like really tried eating lengua before but I just couldn’t. My friends played a good trick on me before – they made me eat something that looked like baked menudo and it was super good. After a couple of bites, they told me that it was lengua.

  11. This looks like a yummy dish, though i believe people find it hard to clean ox tongue. i wonder if you can buy a dressed up tongue in the market, ready-to-cook, just like chicken.

  12. I don’t know what get into me but when I saw how the lengua was made of, I kind of backed off eating it. Until now, I haven’t recovered. 🙁

  13. Looks delicious. I’ve never tried cooking Lengua. Your recipe sounds really easy. I am going to try this for sure.

  14. Lengua in white sauce is one of my favorite dishes, the only problem is time constraint. It takes time to cook it.

  15. Aww I love mushroom. I admire that you can still cook a lot of delicious foods. We females are really super woman..

  16. This dish looks good but I don’t really see myself eating Lengua. I tend to imagine unpleasant stuff when it’s inside my mouth. Lol

  17. It looks like it’s a busy time for you. It seems like your little bundle of joy is excited to taste your recipes that’s why she keeps moving.

  18. I have to ask our go-to meat seller at the market if pork lengua is available. I want to try this recipe. The only time I get to eat pork tongue is when we have lechon in the house.

  19. Made me real hungry 10 folds. Love the presentation. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  20. Looks yummy!!! I have never tried cooking lengua. Your post might just inspire me to whip one for tomorrow’s dinner!

  21. Lengua! My favorite ulam (although I can’t tell the difference between pork and beef lengua). My dad cooks lengua using the recipe for roast beef/pot roast. Its delicious too! 🙂

  22. That looks delicious, its been a very long time since I have lengua though. Thanks for the recipe Sis, will try to make this sometime.

  23. That looks really really good. Amazing how you can stand the kitchen at this heat, and while you’re preggy too! Kudos! 🙂

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