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Pig’s kidneys are not a popular ingredient with many people as it smells pungent like pee. Proper cleaning minimizes the smell of urine in a dish. I actually don’t find it that hard to prepare, maybe time consuming but it’s easy.
These are whole kidneys. Kidneys can bought whole (like above) or partially prepared by having the white stuff in the middle removed. The white stuff is where the pungent urine smell comes from. I made the mistake of buying it whole unprepared. No wonder it was $2 for 3 kidneys!
I used a filet knife to get all the white stuff out – your hands from smell unpleasant after this (luckily, it comes off with soap and light scrubbing). If you can pick out all the white stuff, your kidneys won’t smell at all.
Once it’s clean and clear of the white stuff, slice the kidneys across into however thickness you want. Lightly score criss cross on the outer smooth side of the kidney for easy cooking. It also helps make the kidney strips curl up which probably helps the visual appeal of the dish since kidney itself doesn’t sound too appealing.
Soak the kidneys in cold salty water to clean it and get rid of dirt, blood and white stuff residue. Sit for 30 minutes and change water. This is the time consuming part, you change water until it is clear.
Your kidneys are ready for cooking. You can boil in soup (next recipe), stir fried or blanche and dipped inhot oil, soy sauce and green onion ginger slice dip.