String Beans/French Beans Recipe (干煸四季豆)
A popular and delicious string bean recipe served in Chinese restaurants all over the US.
8 oz. string beans (french beans)
2 oz. ground pork
1 tablespoon dried shrimp (rinsed in warm water and chopped)
1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
3-5 dried red chilies
1/2 inch ginger (finely chopped)
2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon oil
Oil for deep frying
Heat up a wok with enough oil for deep frying. When the oil gets smoky hot, transfer the string beans into the oil and quickly fry them. As soon as the skin of the string beans (french beans) becomes wrinkly, transfer out and line with paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
Heat up 1 tablespoon oil in a wok. Add the chopped garlic and ginger and lightly stir-fry. Add in the chopped dried shrimp, ground pork, and dried chilies and stir-fry until aromatic, and then follow by the string beans (french beans). Add the rest of seasonings and continue stirring for a few times, dish out, and serve immediately.
I made this string beans (french beans) recipe a few months ago but haven’t gotten to posting it. Called 干煸四季豆, this is a popular Chinese recipe that is mostly served in Chinese restaurants here in the US.
I love the texture of the deep-fried string beans; the great flavors came from stir-frying the string beans (french beans) with dried chilies, dried shrimp, and ground pork.
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