Kidney Ginger Soup

Pork, Soup November 11th, 2007

kidney soup

I was introduced to Kidney Ginger Soup by my wife. All along, my encounter with pig’s kidney is in the stir fries which I absolutely love. So, having kidney soup was new to me and took some getting used to. The taste is slightly hot due to the liberal use of julienned ginger and I believe this soup is suitable to aid “releasing of air”, if you know what I mean 😀

Preparation of pig’s kidney for cooking can be an unpleasant experience for the uninitiated. The smell can be a bit offensive and might turn you off completely for after all, the end product of kidney goes south. Worry not however as after cooking, all memories of the offense evaporates 😀

Anyway, when you buy the kidneys, ask the butcher to slice the kidney to remove the middle part which looks like some white netting. Wash it thoroughly. You might want to consider soaking the kidney in water with some slices of ginger. After soaking and changing the water 2 or 3 times, which should take you about 2 hours, make shallow cuts across the kidney without fully cutting the kidney. Make criss-cross patterns and then, cut them into bite sizes before cooking.

This is my wife’s recipe for Kidney Ginger Soup



  • 1 piece pig’s kidney (prepared as immediate paragraph above)
  • 3 cm ginger (julienned thinly)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 1 stalk spring onions (finely cut)
  • 4 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
  • 500 ml hot water
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil (palm oil preferred)



  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ tablespoon brandy



Heat oil in wok and sauté ginger and garlic till aromatic on medium heat. Add kidneys and sear them well before adding water.

Allow water to boil for about 1 ½ minutes, add seasoning and spring onions before dishing up.

Serve hot.


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  1. 1
    November 12th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    my mum used to make that soup too using pig liver. it was yum.

  2. 2
    November 13th, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    renaye : Ah! I think that would be a good variation to this soup 😀

  3. 3
    Erina Law
    November 13th, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    You are such a lucky man to have a good cook wife!!!!

  4. 4
    November 16th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Erina : I am indeed 😀

  5. 5
    October 18th, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Have just killed the pig and will try something with the kidneys… this looks a good and easy recipe.Thanks.


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