|Place of origin||Spain, Philippines|
|Main ingredients||Meat, tomato sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, potatoes, calamansi, black pepper|
The name mechado from the Spanish mecha meaning wick.
The traditional version of the dish uses a Spanish culinary practice of threading strips of pork back-fat through thick pieces of cheaper lean beef to render them tender. The larded pieces of beef are then marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, calamansi juice, crushed garlic, black pepper, bay leaf, and fish sauce (added later in the process). They are then quickly browned on all sides in hot oil or lard, and then slowly braised in the marinade with the addition of soup stock, onion slices, and tomato sauce until tender and the liquid is reduced to a thick gravy.
Over the years, the name of the dish has increasingly come to encompass variations that use thinner slices or even bony cuts of beef and that have dispensed with the larding process altogether. A newer variation of the dish can appear more like a beef stew.
Beef tongue can be similarly treated with little or no variation to produce another dish called lengua mechada.
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