We all know that our Tongues are an important part of our anatomy. They are used in our speech --- and how we use it actually has a significant effect on how we speak. We can roll it and form really distinct R sounds ( which we Filipinos are used to ) or we can soften it and make the R sounds implied ( as is the case in some English Dialects ). However – I’m not a linguist and I can’t take that discussion further. This post is not about speech. It’s about one of my “comfort” restaurants: Talking Tongues. We discovered this restaurant when we moved to the New House of Queens. It’s an Indonesian restaurant – owned by an Indonesian --- which makes the dishes not just authentic --- but very good. When I find myself craving for home-cooked meals --- Talking tongues come top of mind.
My favorite dish is the Gado-Gado. This apparently means – Mixed-Mixed. Thus --- you can actually argue that this is Halo-Halo in Indonesian. However – instead of the usual dessert that we are used to – Gado-Gado is a Salad. The closest Filipino dish to it is the Lumpiang Sariwa. I would actually not be surprised if it turns out that our Lumpiang Sariwa was derived from Gado-Gado.
If you live or work within the Salcedo area. Check it out. It’s located along San Agustin Street very close to the corner of Rufino st. Just a word of warning. When the waiters ask you if you want it mildly spiced – just say yes. We made a mistake the first time we ate there and found that their Mild – is actually hot enough for us. We ordered Medium and as much as we enjoyed the food, we also ended up with burned tongues.