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Pork Kidney with Celery
China
   
Serves:
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4 app  
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4 hrs  
Yes
This is an interesting and attracive cold appetizer. It should be made up as shown just before serving because if mixed up the celery will absorb the sauce and be much less attractive. It can, of course, be made up into individual servings.





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Pork kidneys (1)
Celery
-- Sauce
Soy Sauce
Rice Wine
Sesame Oil (2)
Salt
Chili Oil (3)
Sugar
Wine Vinegar, red  
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Water
Water (more)
Prep   -   (1 hr (30 min work))
  1. Slice KIDNEYS in half horizontally to expose the internal fat and plumbing which must be carefully removed. In this case I found it a lot easier to cut it away after slicing.
  2. Slice the kidneys as thin as you can on a diagonal (to make the slices wider). Place immediately in a bowl of cold water. Change the water a few times for 1/2 hour or so.
  3. Cut CELERY into 2 inch lengths, then cut the pieces lengthwise as thin as you can.
  4. Mix all Sauce items.
RUN   -   (1-3/4 hours (15 min work))
  1. Drain kidney slices well.
  2. In a pot bring at least 2 quarts of Water to a rolling boil. Turn off the heat and immediately pour in the Celery. Stir for about 45 seconds only, then scoop out the celery and refresh it in cold running water.
  3. Bring the pot back to a boil. Again turn off the heat and pour in the Kidney Slices. Let sit until cooked through, just a minute or so. Test by pulling out one of the thicker slices and breaking it, if it's not bloody inside it's done. Drain and immediately refresh in cold running water (the slices will toughen if cooked much longer).
  4. Chill Kidneys and Celery until ready to serve. When ready, layer the Celery on the serving dish, then arrange the Kidneys over. Stir up the Sauce and pour it over the kidneys..
  5. Serve cold.
NOTES:
  1. Pork Kidneys:   These are available from many ethnic markets. Many recipes call for peeling off the outer membrane but those sold around here are already peeled. For details see our Pork Kidneys page.
  2. Sesame Oil:   Use an Asian dark Sesame Oil..
  3. Chili Oil:   This is available in most Asian markets.
  4. U.S. measure: t=teaspoon, T=Tablespoon, c=cup, qt=quart, oz=ounce, #=pound, cl=clove in=inch, ar="as required tt=to taste
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