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Stir-Fried Pork Liver (Chao Gan, 炒肝)

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Chao Gan

Stir-fried Pork Liver (Chao Gan) is a well known local snack in Beijing. The name is completely misleading because the main ingredient in this dish is not pork liver but pork intestine, and it is boiled as opposed to fried. The dish first appeared during the Song Dynasty (960-1276), originally using stewed port liver and pork lung as the main ingredients. The dish was re-invented during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), but has kept its original name. Local people prefer not to use chopsticks or a spoon, but drink directly from the bowl and make a sound while sipping Chao Gan, traditionally the most appropriate way to enjoy this local snack.

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