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This Cambodian soup is made with pork blood and organ meat. And it's pretty tasty.

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This Cambodian soup is made with pork blood and organ meat. And it's pretty tasty.

WATCH  | Phnom Penh Noodle Shack in Long Beach, California, has a traditional Cambodian soup made with all the pig parts we'd normally throw away, or maybe put in a hot dog and pretend it's not there. But the flavors are actually insanely good.

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Here's what the blood cake looks like. "Blood" tends to trip a lot of people up, but since this is formed into tofu-like cubes, it's less in-your-face. 

The blood cake has a coppery aftertaste to it, kind of like a penny.
Van Tan, co-owner of Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
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Now to me, the liver was pretty daunting. It has a definite "organ" taste to it, but the flavors in the broth do a decent job of masking it.

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Van Tan, co-owner of Phnom Penh Noodle Shack, says this kind of soup is typically made by farmers in Cambodia. It's intended to give them the energy they would need for a full day's work, as it's usually the only meal they'll have all day.

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The reason they use all the innards of the pig is thrift -- Cambodian farmers don't have the resources to use only choice meats, and they don't want to waste any part of an animal. 

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Pigs blood soup at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack in Long Beach, California

For more information, check out Phnom Penh Noodle Shack's website.

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