When we go out for Chinese take out, the main dish I choose changes, but the side dish I am ALWAYS craving, is those Chinese string beans. You know, the ones that come coated in that slightly spicy/sweet sauce?
I could seriously eat only those for dinner, and be completely happy! The downside around here is that those string beans only come in the big family size portion…. now I know what you’re thinking… “ummmm WHY is that a downside?!”. Well, my stomach is saying, “Oh darn… guess I have to eat more string beans… 😛 “, but my wallet is not happy lol. Especially because typically, I’m the only one who loves to eat them, and I can’t justify spending that much on a family size dish, just for me. Previously, my solution is that whenever we go to a Chinese buffet, I eat my body weight in the string beans to make up for missing them most of the time. I mean sometimes I wish I could just grab the tray of them and take it back to my seat. Hmm, I think I may have a problem…. lol.
So instead, I found a recipe online HERE that looked really good! We eat a good deal of green beans around here… usually steamed, roasted, or in a casserole (mmmm green bean casserole!)… but somehow it never occurred to me to make this stir fried version at home. Doh! Now these do taste a little different than take out, in that I think they’re spicier, but you could easily adjust that down to your tastes.
I recommend serving these with some rice to cool down the spice level. They’re hot, but man they are TASTY!!
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- 1 lb green beans washed and ends trimmed
- 1 Tbsp black bean garlic sauce
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp Chinese rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 Tbsp garlic grated or minced
- 1 Tbsp ginger grated or minced
- 2 scallions chopped
- 2 tsp chili paste
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- In a small bowl mix together the bean sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar. Set aside.
- Bring a large skillet or wok to medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp of the oil. Add green beans and stir fry for 5-7 minutes until their skins blister and the green beans are tender. Transfer beans to a bowl.
- Add 1 Tbsp oil to the pan, add the garlic, ginger and scallions. Stir fry for a few seconds, then add chili paste, sauce from step 1, and the green beans. Toss to coat all beans in the sauce.
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