Spicy Dry-Cooked Long Beans Recipe

Spicy Dry-Cooked Long Beans Recipe

(Chinese Recipes)

Ingredients:  Serves 4-6

1 lb (500 g) long beans or green beans, trimmed

2 tablespoons canola or peanut oil


For the sauce:

2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon each black vinegar and dark soy sauce

½ teaspoon each tomato paste and Sriracha chile sauce

½ teaspoon cornstarch

¼ teaspoon sugar


2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons minced celery

2 tablespoons minced green scallions

1 tablespoon peeled and minced fresh ginger

¼ lb (125 g) ground or minced pork

1 tablespoon seeded and minced fresh hot red chili

2 tablespoons rinsed and minced Sichuan preserved vegetable



Cut the beans into lengths measuring 3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm).  In a wok or large sauté pan over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the canola oil until very hot.  Add the beans and stir-fry until they begin to char and blister, 7-10 minutes.  Transfer the beans to a bowl.  Set the pan aside without rinsing.  To make the sauce, in a bowl, stir together the broth, vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, chili sauce, cornstarch and sugar.  Return the pan to high heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and heat until very hot.  Add the garlic, celery, green scallions and ginger and stir-fry until very fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the pork, chili and preserved vegetable and continue to stir-fry until the pork is opaque, 2-3 minutes.  Return the beans to the pan and stir-fry for 2 minutes to heat through.  Pour the sauce over the beans and stir-fry until the sauce reduces and thickens, 3-4 minutes.  Transfer to a warmed bowl and serve at once.


Note:  The term Sichuan preserved vegetable refers to radishes, mustard greens, napa cabbage, or turnips that have been pickled in vinegar, salt, chili paste and Sichuan peppercorns.  The pickled vegetables have a salty taste and crunchy texture.  They are sold wrapped in plastic or in cans or earthenware jugs.  Rinse before use to remove excess brine.


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