Organ Recital: Pig Intestine in Fire Casserole at Island of Taiwan


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Pig intestines are central to Chinese cooking in several regions, nowhere more so than on the island of Taiwan. At the new Taiwanese restaurant Island of Taiwan–atypically located in Bay Ridge, across the street from Spartan Souvlaki–both small and large intestines are stewed and sauteed. Large intestines, also known in English as “bung,” are stewed in the above photo in an incendiary broth with such other ingredients as sprouts, leeks, and cubes of pig-blood jelly, which is said to have medicinal powers. The dish is called “pig intestine in fire casserole,” and costs $10.99. 6817 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-680-0033

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