Mechadong Dila

mechadong dila

mechadong dila

How to make Mechadong Dila:

1 1/2 kg (3 lb) ox tongue

1 onion, sliced

3 liters (16 cups) water

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

2 tbsps olive oil

200ml (scant 3/4 cup) canned tomato sauce

500g (3 cups) chopped tomatoes with juice

60ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce

125ml (1/2 cup) calamansi juice

1 medium carrot, cut into 1 cm (1/2 in) rounds

2 medium potatoes, quartered

Sliced olives (optional)


1. Bring ox tongue and 2 liters (8 cups) of the water in to the boil in a stockpot. Reduce the heat and simmer about 20 minutes until a white coating appears on the ox tongue. Remove ox tongue from water and scrape off the white coating. Discard the water.

2. Return ox tongue to stockpot and pour in remaining 2 liters (8 cups) water. Add onion, bring to the boil, then simmer ox tongue from stockpot and refrigerate for about 2 hours to firm it up, so it does not crumble when sliced. Reserve the stock.

3. Slice ox tongue into serving pieces. Heat olive oil in a large casserole and saute the garlic about 1 minute. Pour in chopped tomatoes, their juices as well as the canned tomato sauce and two cups of the reserved stock. Add the sliced ox tongue. Bring to a simmer, then stir in calamansi juice and soy sauce.

4. Add potatoes, carrot and olives, if using, then let mixture simmer until ox tongue, potatoes and carrot are fork tender, about 30 more minutes.

Mechadong dila serves 6-8.

1 comment

  1. Felix says:

    Baked Cabbage Rolls

    12 cabbage leaves
    1 pound ground beef
    3/4 cup cooked rice
    1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    1/2 cup milk

    1 cans (8 ounces ) tomato sauce
    1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
    3 tablespoons sugar
    2 tablespoons vinegar
    1/2 cup water
    2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup cold water

    Drop cabbage leaves into boiling salted water; cover and cook for 3 minutes. Drain well. Combine ground beef, rice, onion, egg, and salt, pepper, and milk. Mix well and divide into 12 portions.
    Place a portion into the center of each cabbage leaf. Roll leaf around filling; fasten with toothpick. Place in a baking dish.

    For sauce, combine tomato sauce, tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water and pour over cabbage rolls. Bake covered in a preheated 350 degree oven 40 to 45 minutes. Remove rolls and discard toothpicks. Place pan with juices over medium heat and stir cornstarch and water mixture into the sauce; bring to a boil and cook and whisk until thickened. Pour thickened sauce over cabbage rolls or serve on the side.

    Have a Good appetite

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