Chinese Green Beans – “sisterslice” style


When I visit a Chinese buffet (which admittedly is quite often, especially when my msg levels feel dangerously low) I head straight for those long, seasoned, glistening green beans. I’m a green bean lover anyway, I’ll eat em right out of a can when I get a chance even.

I was craving them this week and almost ordered take out just for them but instead I tried to make em at home. And you know what? They turned out better!

It was easy and that’s great – right?

Buy a big ole bag of snap beans from the market.

Have your little people wash them and snap off the ends. They loved this! They didn’t love sweeping up the kitchen floor afterwards but that’s the way it is.

Gather your ingredients. I tweaked the recipe and used what I had on hand. They tasted almost like the buffet but better. Score!

1 tablespoon oil, I used sesame.
2 tablespoons of minced garlic, if I had a bulb I would have used a couple cloves of it sliced thin.
1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 tablespoons fish or oyster sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
Kosher salt to taste
Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet (my wok is broke so I used a dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Cook the garlic until it starts to brown, about 20 seconds. Add the green beans; cook and stir until the green beans begin to soften, about 5 minutes. I like mine a bit more tender so I did about 8 mins. Pour in the sugar, fish sauce, and soy sauce. Continue cooking and stirring for several minutes until the beans have attained the desired degree of tenderness.
Then pour the entire contents of the pan onto a big plate and go hide in the living room and eat them all yourself while watching a Bravo show that you DVR’d. Or serve as a side dish with any healthy meal that you have prepared for your wonderful family.
Selfish and full, Amy

6 thoughts on “Chinese Green Beans – “sisterslice” style

  1. Love fresh green beans. MSG, the very reason I avoid Chinese buffets (and the surprising number of them that are found to be in violation of local health codes). Still, enjoy your posts. 🙂

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