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Pork Kidneys at Taiwan Cafe

joypirate | Feb 27, 2004 02:09 PM

Was feeling sort of surly and like I needed me some innards so at lunch I ordered the Pork Kidney fried in Sesame Oil w/spicy chili sauce from Taiwan Café. Not bad. It’s probably much better as an element to a group dinner as opposed to a lunch entrée, the texture gets a bit redundant. It could've used some vegetables, shiitakes and maybe some green onions would have been nice, maybe some bamboo shoots. Shiitakes would have went really well actually. The kidneys are served in a dark, sesame sauce with slices of ginger, some small green chilis cut on edge, in about 2-3 inch sections and they’ve got a criss-cross scoring all over them. Texture-wise it reminded me of a softer Sea Conch, thicker slices were softer with more flavor. Downside was the spice didn’t really ‘stick’ to the kidney pieces. The sauce was probably equally good if not better than the kidneys themselves as it carried – with the help of their awesome sticky rice – all of the spice and flavor.

Soup of the day was chicken w/chicken bones & tofu skin. Not bad. Needed more skin and less bone, the skin was really good and carried the chicken flavor far better than regular tofu cubes.

Anyway, who should I spy across the restaurant but our very own lovely Galleygirl enjoying her tilapia. After quickly chastising her for being in the neighborhood for lunch without emailing me we discovered that there is, perhaps, an unusually high concentration of platelet donors among Chowhounds. What an odd demographic we are.

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