Friday, 24 May 2013

Recipe - French Beans Stir Fry With Sichuan Vegetable.

Tender, flexible green beans or snap beans or French beans are a delight of vegetable lovers for their wholesome nutritional values. When cooked, they have a sweet taste.

The lean green vegetables are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients. They have a good amount of vitamins A, B and C. In addition beans contain healthy amounts of iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium which are essential for body metabolism.

In this recipe the french beans are stir fried with shredded Sichuan vegetables which can be bought off the shelf. It is already seasoned with a bit of sugar and spice. (see picture). A small packet weighs 80 grams whereas a big packet comes in 200 grams.

This small packet of shredded Sichuan vegetables really add lots of flavour to the dish.

Mince pork and chopped dried shrimps are added for extra flavour. For the extra kick, I added a teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorn.

250 grams of French beans
shredded preserved Sichuan vegetable
50 grams of mince pork (marinate with light soy and pepper)
1 teaspoon of chopped garlic
1 teaspoon of chopped dried shrimps
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
1 small packet shredded Sichuan vegetables (80 grams).
1 tablespoon of cooking oil.

Wash and cut the beans into bite size.

Marinate the minced pork with light soy and pepper.

Heat the oil on medium heat in a wok or pan till hot.
Toss in the beans and stir fry till cooked, about 2 minutes.
French beans
Set aside.

Toss in the garlic, peppercorn and dried shrimps.
Toss in the mince pork and shredded Sichuan vegetables.
Stir fry till cooked, about 5 minutes

Finally toss in the cooked French beans and stir fry for about 1 minute.
Plate and serve.


Get some tips from some videos below.

This 3 minute video on Sichuan green beans do not have the shredded Sichuan vegetables, but you get some ideas on how to cook this dish.

Another great way to cook this dish in this 5 minute video.

This video shows how to cook french beans with shrimp paste or belacan.

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