Monday, September 5, 2011

Stir-fried green beans; unglamorous home cooking

With so many pretty, perfect-looking dishes out there, (most of which taste fantastic, so I'm not hating by any means,) at the end of the day, I still prefer a home-made meal prepared by my mother. Stir-fried green beans is an extremely common dish in Chinese cuisine and I'm sure you've all had them before; whether made like southern-style collard greens, at a Chinese restauraunt, or perhaps at home.

This dish requires really only 4 ingredients, and I usually like to have it served with rice, as it is usually just a side dish, but you can serve it as a main course if you would like. Of course, you can add bacon, chicken, or pretty much anything else in it if you find just green beans too plain. Play around! This recipe is really just to establish kind of a base for anyone who wants to learn more about asian cuisine.

For the more health-conscious people out there,you can vary the amount of oil you want to use, but obviously with more oil it tastes better!

RECIPE: serves 2
*4 cups green beans
*2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup vegetable oil, depending on personal preference
*About 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of salt, depending on taste
*3-5 cloves garlic, depending on taste

1.) Chop beans to about finger length
2.) Mince garlic
3.) Heat oil in skillet and fry the beans until they turn a darker color and are soft, which takes about five minutes. Toss in the garlic after the beans have cooked for about 2 minutes
4.) Serve with rice and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. yum this looks amazing. and I have to say that your blog header is adorable!

    x. jill
    those ghosts


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