Gyu-tongue yaki, a dish inspired by French tongue stew

It is grilled beef tongue with salt or miso sauce over charcoal. It is a specialty of Sendai city.

Originally in Japan, there was no custom of eating beef tongue, but 70 years ago, a Sendai cook was inspired the French tongue stew and created it.

The standard menu is the “Gyu-tongue set meal,” which offers a set of thickly sliced grilled ​​beef tongue, barley rice, tail soup, pickles, and miso nanban. Recently, it has become possible to eat beef tongue grilled in places other than Sendai.

What is Gyu-tongue yaki and can I eat it?

Materials of Gyu-tongue yaki

Beef tongue, salt and lemon

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Gyu tongue yaki is served as beef tongue set meal

Gyu tongue yaki (grilled beef tongue) was created 70 years ago by a Sendai chef be inspired by French tan stew, and has become famous for being delicious for about 30 years. In Sendai, there are about 100 restaurants specializing in beef tongue grilling. In addition to Sendai, there are beef tongue specialty restaurants all over Japan, and you can usually find “beef tongue” on the menu of yakiniku restaurants.

Gyu tongue yaki is served by salting thickly sliced ​​beef tongue, grilling it over charcoal, and sprinkling lemon juice on the grilled beef tongue. Sometimes miso sauce is used, but most are salty.

In addition, at beef tongue specialty restaurants, it is generally offered as a “beef tongue set meal” in combination with the following dishes;

  • Mugimeshi: Rice cooked by mixing barley with rice.
  • Tail soup: Boiled beef tail with salt and chopped green onions.
  • Quick pickled vegetable: Chinese cabbage, cabbage, cucumber are pickled in salt or seasoning liquid.
  • Miso Nanban: Pickled chili pepper in miso.

Try to eat Gyu-tongue yaki!

How much ?

$ 18~40, Gyutan grilled set meal

Where can I eat Gyu-tongue yaki ?

Beef tongue specialty reataurant

Precautions when eating Gyu-tongue yaki

For gluten-free people

Beef tongue grilled with salt is gluten, but please be aware that “Mugimeshi (barley rice)” included in the beef tongue grilled set contains barley.

Japanese writer’s comment for Gyu-tongue yaki

Beef tongue has become a popular menu all over Japan. By the way, did you know that the raw material is not Japanese beef? Beef tongue is said to have the best fat content from the United States, and most are imported from the United States.