Saturday 9 February 2013

Spicy French Beans Recipe

Here is another classic Chinese recipe in preparation for Chinese New Year tomorrow (February 10th). I've added lots of Chinese recipes to this blog over the past few days, but most are for stand-alone dishes. This recipe is for an accompaniment of green (French) beans in a spicy base.

A classic dish that is typically served to accompany a meal, but which can also be serve as a starter (particularly if you add strips of fish or meat to the beans after cooking and before serving).

However, I am presenting this dish simply here, giving it to you as it was originally shown to me.

Spicy French Beans

Serves: 4


200g French beans, trimmed and cut at a bias (diagonally) into 3 or 4 pieces each
2 tbsp groundnut oil
4 dried chillies, cut into 2 or 3 pieces each
1/2 tsp Szechuan peppercorns
1 garlic clove, finely sliced
6 thin slices of fresh ginger
2 spring onions (white part only), cut at a bias into thin rounds
pinch of sea salt


Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add the beans and blanch for 30 seconds then drain in a colander and set aside.

Pre-heat your wok then add 1 tbsp of the oil. Add the drained beans and stir-fry over low heat for 5 minutes, or until they begin to wrinkle. Remove from the wok with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Add the remaining oil to he wok, increase the heat and stir-fry the chillies and Szechuan peppercorns until fragrant (about 90 seconds). Add the garlic, ginger and spring onions and stir-fry for a few minutes, or until they begin to soften. Return the beans to the pan and toss to combine. Season with the sea salt and serve immediately.

Below are some other classic Chinese recipes on this blog that you can use in conjunction with this recipe to produce a complete Chinese meal or banquet:

Soups and Starters

Main Dishes

Fish and Seafood Dishes:

Noodle Dishes:
Seafood Chow Mein (Seafood)



1 comment:

cody said...

This was a great recipe. I prefer using butter in the pan rather than oil, gives it more flavor. I have shared it over at

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