Where can I find good tongue?

Niki Tehranchi
by Niki Tehranchi

I have been having a craving for cow's tongue lately.  I think it has something to do with being four months pregnant :o)  Last time I had this delicious dish, I had just delivered baby number 1.  My uncle made it for me and schlepped it all the way from Orange County to our home in Los Angeles where I proceeded to devour it before his astonished and somewhat fearful eyes.  Which brings me to my question, for those of you who reside in the Los Angeles area: Where can I find good tongue?  And please don't say "in the personal ads of LA Weekly."  I get it, I get it.  I was thinking persian markets but the two I frequent in the San Fernando Valley don't have it, as far as I could tell.  Then I thought I might try Vallarta supermarkets as Mexicans are known to enjoy their cow's tongue as well.  Or maybe even Costco although that seems doubtful.  Definitely won't be able to find anything like that at the regular Ralph's or Vons, that's for sure.  They hardly ever carry such "exotic" meats as lamb and veal for pete's sake!  So, if you have any suggestions, let me know.  I appreciate it and I do recognize this is kind of an odd request so if I don't get any guidance, I will understand...


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Mexican Restaurants

by Q on

especially small taquerrias have the best tongue, cooked perfectly.

I usually get them as a buritto. Ask for "lengua". They don't usually advertise it.

Darius Kadivar

Congrats Niki Jaan for No. 2.

by Darius Kadivar on

So it's true that Pregnant Women have wierd Taste Shifts ?

As for tongue's I don't know but I am sure in your condition you can even try Vanilla Icecream with Pickles and find it tasty ;0)

All the Best to the Parents and the child to be born.

Warm Regards,



Best way to cook them

by capt_ayhab on

Pressure cooker, it should take care of in little over an hour.

Nooshe jan


Azarin Sadegh


by Azarin Sadegh on

Congratulation my dear Niki! I hope that this one is a girl...considering the fact that girls love to talk,etc...so this kind of "viyaar" could be a sign...:-)

About where to find a good tongue: Honestly, I've never had one in my life, but per my hubby's advice (who is a tongue eater), it seems that Attari Deli in Westwood makes great tongue sandwiches...(it's next to Borders)

"Tabreek" again! Azarin




Longest tongue

by Javadagha on

Iranian men and specially women have the longest tongue that one can find.  Is eating other tongues have something to do with this?  As someone mentioned, poor cow!

Niki Tehranchi


by Niki Tehranchi on

Thanks guys for your well wishes for baby and great tips for zaboon.  I will let you know how it goes. I made my uncle promise to teach me how to cook them but in case he isn't able to make it in time for my craving, your suggestions are definitely appreciated.


From one shekamoo to another: MERSSI!!! :-)



by IRANdokht on

Niki jan I am so glad to hear the good news! You know you have to eat what you crave now so lets see, the best tongue I found was in a Jon's market in Glendale (Glenoaks Ave right off 5)

Make sure to cut the parts closer to the throat off and discard them, soak the tongue in ice water for hours and change the water a few times too, it'll get rid of a lot of the smell that Anonymouse is trying to cover with garlic and onions  ;-) After it's cooked, remove the skin.

Let me know if you don't find it and/or want someone else to make it for you. I have a few days off at the end of Nov. anyway :o)




by yolanda on

Tongues are available in Chinese supermarkets. I am positve! The cooked tongues are available in Chinese barbecue shops. You have a very interesting craving!

Good luck with your child #2!



by Anonymouse on

Cow tongues are found in normal supermarkets these days, if not in local super maybe in gourmet supers where they sell all stuff organic.

Anyway, finding the tongue is one thing cooking it is another since it is tough and takes a while to cook.  I cook it in pressure cooker with onions and garlic or other condiments as you like.  The pressure cooker should have the time but I think it is something like 30 - 45 minutes.

You can also get is as sandwiches in some Iranian stores or restaurants and they are grrrreeeaaaat

Everything is sacred.

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

Poor Cow ... :=(

Happy for second Child :=) .




Viyareton Mobarak

by capt_ayhab on

Beef Tongue and even lamb tongue are  pretty common these days, but if not you can order it through butcher shop of any supermarket, Wal-marts even carry them. If all fails, check the KOSHER[Jewish] butcher shops they always carry them.

BTW, Viayar Mobarak ;-o)



If you have not tried

by Faramarz_Fateh on

If you have not tried Woodland Hills market, they should have it.

But, I gotta tell you, the stuff they sell at Wholesome Choice is great; worth the drive.  Plus you can visit South Coast Plaza on the way and buy some maternity clothing from Bloomies 

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Got no tongue advice but very happy to hear you're pregnant with No. 2.