Friday, October 5, 2007

Szechuan fried beans with mince

Don't get to blog about vegetable dishes often as they don't photograph very well when cooked. We like this dish very much and this is one dish we always end up ordering if it is offered in the menu. It is also very easy to do at home.

Szechuan fried beans with mince
300 - 400 g french beans
50 - 100 gm minced meat (pork or chicken)
1 tablespoon dried prawns, soaked and chopped coarsely
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger, chopped
soy sauce
sesame oil
szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground
Oil for deep frying

1. Marinate the mince with light soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil.
2. Nip ends of beans (leave them whole), wash and dry. Heat oil and deep fry beans quickly until just soft. Drain.
3. Leave about 1 T oil in the wok, fry dried prawns until fragrant (I add a pinch of sugar here to caramelise the dried prawn) then dish out.
4. Add some oil to the wok and fry the ginger and garlic.
5. When aromatic, add the mince and fry stirring to break mince to small bits.
6. When meat is cooked, add in the beans and dry prawns and season with some more soy, sugar and peppercorns (optional) to taste.
7. Dish out and serve hot.

Note: As the beans are the main, don't overpowered the dish with the mince but just enough to flavour the veggie.


frank said...

I was never a fan of beans, not french, not short, not long, just not a fan, except for baked beans, soya beans and four-angle beans.

But my iris loooves this dish, she just loooves it. I'll show it to her tonight. :-)

a feast, everyday said...

Hi Frank, where have u been? Hi, Iris, get Frank 2 cook 4 u yet?