Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans

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Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans

What are Chinese long beans?

The Chinese long bean (also called Chinese green bean, long bean, and mung bean) is a staple vegetable in much of Southeast Asia.

While they can be eaten raw, they are often mixed into stir-fries, curries, and omelettes.

They taste like European-American style green beans, but the flavor is more intense and they have a crunchier texture.

Incredibly healthy and now widely available at most supermarkets, farmers markets, and Asian markets, Chinese long beans are a wonderful option to add to main dishes or use as simple side dishes.

How to cook Chinese long beans

I love making Sichuan-style Chinese long beans, using Sichuan pepper and dried bell peppers (preferably a Chinese variety).

First, we quickly fry the peppers and peppercorns in peanut oil to bring out their flavors.

We then added the long beans to the hot pan and sautéed them for just a few minutes.

To finish, we remove the pan from the heat and mix it with a little dark sesame oil and soy sauce. Easy!

Chinese long beans can be found in green and purple varieties.

They both have similar flavors and textures, and either type can be used for this recipe.

If you don't have a wok, use a large, sturdy skillet with at least a two-inch rim.

How to prepare Chinese long beans

Preparing Chinese long beans is simple. Wash them with clean water and trim the ends.

Lastly, if a recipe calls for them to be certain lengths, like this one, cut them to the proper length.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch segments
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 4 to 6 dried chilies, preferably Sichuan, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • splash soy sauce

Method

Add the oil, sauté the peppers and chiles:

Add a tablespoon of peanut oil to a wok or large skillet over medium heat and stir until very hot. Add bell peppers and bell peppers and quickly sauté until fragrant.

Add the beans, salt and sugar:

Add the long beans and sauté vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes. (You don't want the spices to burn. If they start to burn, lower the heat a bit.)

Season with salt and sugar and sauté a few more seconds to mix everything up.

Mix sesame oil and soy sauce:

Get out of the fire. Mix sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve immediately.

You can accompany it with almost any type of garnish, do not limit yourself and put your creativity to work!

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