Sichuan Dry-Fried String Bean

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound  Fresh String Beans
  • 6 Ounces  Minced Pork or Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons  Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon  Cooking wine
  • 2 Tablespoons  Chinese preserved vegetables, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon  Garlic, sliced or minced
  • 1 Teaspoon  Dried Chili
  • 1 Tablespoon  Dried Shrimp (optional)

String beans are loved by many people because they are healthy and delicious.  Like all legumes string beans are rich in protein and fiber and low in fat. String beans can be prepared in many different ways but for me there is no better string bean dish than the popular Sichuan dish called Dry-Fried String Beans.

Known for its great flavor and outstanding texture, Dry-Fried String Beans is arguably one of most well known Chinese string bean dishes served in virtually every Chinese restaurants ranging from takeout joints to high end places.

Traditionally, the string beans are first deep fried to seal the natural flavor. Then they are cooked using a special technique called dry-frying – a frying technical that involves high heat, and little to no liquid. The technique is the key behind that famous slightly crunch outside but soft inside texture.

Follow this recipe to create your own authentic Dry-Fried String Beans.

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String beans are loved by many people because they are healthy and delicious.  Like all legumes string beans are rich in protein and fiber and low in fat.

If you are like me who is considering shaking off a few extra ponds to get ready for the summer then string beans will be your best friends for the next few months.

String beans can be prepared in many different ways but for me there is no better string bean dish than the popular Sichuan dish called Dry-Fried String Beans.

Known for its great flavor and outstanding texture, Dry-Fried String Beans is arguably one of most well known Chinese string bean dishes served in virtually every Chinese restaurants ranging from takeout joints to high end places.

Traditionally, the string beans are first deep fried to seal the natural flavor. Then they are cooked using a special technique called dry-frying ( ) – a frying technical that involves high heat, and little to no liquid. The technique is the key behind that famous slightly crunch outside but soft inside texture.

For those who are health conscious, I’ve added to step to rinse off the extra oil after deep frying. Also you can skip the minced pork or beef to make it vegetarian friendly. And don’t forget to make some steamed rice because this dish can be quite a rice killer :)

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Traditionally, the string beans are first deep fried to seal the natural flavor. Then they are cooked using a special technique called dry-frying ( ) – a frying technical that involves high heat, and little to no liquid. The technique is the key behind that famous slightly crunch outside but soft inside texture.

Follow the recipe to create your own resetaurant quality Dry-Fried String Beans.

 

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Directions

Prepare and rinse the string beans.
Start to prepare the string beans by trimming off both ends. Cut beans into 2- to 3-inch lengths. Rinse well and drain string beans in a colander.
Heat up about 2 cups of oil in wok or frying skillet. Fry the string beans over medium heat. Stir occasional to prevent from sticking. Fry for about 5 minutes or when the skin turns wrinkly.
For a healthier version, immediately rinse the beans under running water to remove excess oil.  Drain well in a colander.
Heat up 1 tbsp of oil and add garlic, Chinese preserved vegetables, and dried shrimp. Dry fry for 2 minutes or until fragrant.  Add minced pork or beef and mix well. Add thedried shrimp (optional). Keep on turning the pork so it doesn’t stick to the cookware.
Add the chili and cooking wine once the color of pork turns lighter.  Once the pork starts to turn brown, turn the heat to high and add the string beans. Make sure your wok is hot enough to evaporate any liquid released from the ingredients. Add soy sauce while keep the string beans turning.  Quickly stir a few times to mix well the soy sauce then turn off the heat. The string bean shouldn’t be stir-fried for more than 4 minutes

Notes

For a completely vegetarian version, replace the meat with shiitake mushroom!

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