Blanch to soften slightly. Place in a bowl.
2. Combine soy sauce, vinegar, salt, sugar and sesame oil. Add to celery and toss.
NOTE: If the celery is young and tender, blanching isn't necessary.
VARIATIONS: Before step 2, add any of the following to the celery:
CHICKEN: 1 cup cooked, either slivered or cut in strips. Omit the vinegar.
SHRIMP: 1/4 cup, cooked and minced. Omit the sugar.