Wei Pantry

Artisan Vietnamese-Inspired Flavors

Los Angeles-based food company specializing in Vietnamese and Asian-inspired home-cooking products. 

Chinese Green Beans

I look for green beans on just about every Chinese restaurant menu.   Chinese green beans are flavorful, smokey, and come fresh off a hot wok.  I made these recently for a big group, not realizing what a hit this simple recipe would be.  Granted, your kitchen will kind of sound like a Chinese restaurant for 15 minutes and you may end up smelling a little like a line cook – but I think it’s worth it.

Serves 4 as a side dish

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of fresh green beans
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Soy sauce to taste (I would estimate about ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoon of shallot oil

Directions:

1. First, wash green beans thoroughly, and cut off tips.  In the US you can buy green beans pre-washed and cut (a little pricey, but so nice!), as prepping a large batch can be time consuming.  Fortunately, this is the only prep required and can easily be done well in advance before cooking.

2. Next, pour shallot oil into a heated pot/pan on high heat.  A cast-iron wok/pot is great for Chinese cooking because you want to get the pot/pan as hot as possible. 

3. Once oil is hot, add minced garlic and stir frequently until golden brown.  Note: you must let the garlic brown before you add the green beans.

4. Add in your cut green beans and toss frequently.  After 4-5 minutes add soy sauce and sesame oil and continue to stir on high heat, letting beans slightly char.  Cook for another 3-4 minutes until beans are cooked through (go ahead and taste one like you would a piece of pasta) and then remove from heat for “al dente” green beans. You can also let the beans cook for an additional 3-4 minutes for a softer texture and smokier flavor.  Serve immediately.