Chinese green beans are a delicious and healthy alternative to your regular old bean salad. They have a unique, somewhat addictive canned taste that is not found in other foods. For this reason alone, they make for a great snack. Also, the beans themselves are loaded with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
For this Chinese green beans recipe, you will need bean curd, light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, light corn starch, dried oregano, and Chinese five-spice powder or Chinese chili sauce. Once you have gathered these items, you should create a batch of your very own at home. If you can find a store that sells cans of soup, you can use that instead of the bean curd. The main difference is the consistency is going to be a bit different.
Replacing Bean Curd With Prepared Light Soy
For this Chinese green beans recipe, you will replace the bean curd with the prepared light soy sauce, and you will replace the broth with the low sodium reduced light soy sauce. If you wish to add color to the dish, mix in some corn starch. You can also season to taste. The spice you will be using will depend on your personal preference, but for this dish, the typical options include ginger, crushed garlic, scallions, sesame oil, sesame seed sprinkles, and hot sauce.
Preparing The Beans
To cook this Chinese green beans recipe, first, you will need to prepare the beans. Add the beans into a small saucepan and the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a gentle boil. When done, allow them to simmer for about ten minutes. Once done, remove them from the heat and strain into a bowl, adding the rest of the ingredients, such as the minced pork and onions, to the mix.
Mix Some Chinese Soy Sauce
To enhance this Chinese green beans recipe’s flavor, you can also toss in some Chinese soy sauce. When purchasing soy sauce, make sure that it is a brand that uses a gluten-free preservative. Another option is to buy a brand of Chinese soy sauce that does not contain gluten. This is because gluten is not essential to the taste of the dish. However, it is important to note that gluten-free soy sauce tends to be less tasty than its gluten-containing counterpart.
Preparing Other Ingredients
Once the noodles are ready, it is time to begin preparing the other ingredients. To make the minced meat, cut it into chunks. Then, mix in the Chinese soy sauce and white pepper until the chunks are blended. Once blended, stir in the chopped onions and cooked meat into the mixture. Season with any additional spices of your choice.
Next, add any vegetables and herbs that you would like to go along with your Chinese green beans. Toss them in with the meat and let them combine with the noodles. Once the mixture is blended well, add any garnishes you desire, like bamboo shoots and scallions. Heat your wok until it is hot and then transfer the mixture to your lined bowl.
Place your steamed rice on top and let it sit for about two minutes. Then, using a teaspoon measuring teaspoon, add in your garlic and sauteed ginger until the garlic is soft. Remove the ginger from its shell and use a slotted spoon to remove the garlic from its skin. Add in your chives and sauteed scallions, and wait for your Chinese green beans to become soft again. Serve your dish with some steamed rice, and your Chinese green beans will be the talk of the day!