Chinese Green Beans With Pork

Szechuan Green Beans
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 2 servings

Seasoned with chili powder, salt and other spices, Szechuan preserved vegetable adds a distinct flavor to this recipe for Chinese green beans with ground pork. It is available in cans in Asian markets.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound green beans (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup pork (ground)
  • 1 pinch salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (dark)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar (granulated, or to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons broth (chicken)
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (or peanut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (fresh, chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sherry (dry, or Chinese rice wine, as needed)
  • 1 ounce/1/4 cup chopped Szechuan preserved vegetable
  • 1 shallot (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (Asian)

How to Make It

Rinse the green beans and drain. Cut off the ends and cut diagonally into 2-inch lengths.

In a small bowl, combine the ground pork with salt and black pepper to taste. Add the cornstarch, mixing it in with your fingers. Let stand while preparing the other ingredients.

In a small bowl, combine the dark soy sauce, sugar, and chicken broth.

Heat the wok on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons oil, drizzling the oil down the sides of the wok.

When the oil is hot, add the green beans. Stir-fry the beans for about 6 to 8 minutes, until their skins pucker and turn brown. Remove from the wok.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a wok over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the ginger. Stir-fry for a second, then add the ground pork. Cook, stirring, until the ground pork is cooked (about 2 minutes). Splash the ground pork with the rice wine while it is cooking.

Stir in the Szechuan preserved vegetable and cook briefly until it is hot. Add the green beans back into the pan, stirring to mix with the other ingredients.

Give the sauce a quick re-stir and add it into the wok. Cook until the liquid is dry (about 2 minutes).

Stir in the scallion. Do a taste test and adjust seasoning if desired. Remove from the heat and stir in the Asian sesame oil.

More Chinese Green Beans Recipes:
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How to Make Szechuan Green Beans - Step-by-step photo instructions

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 827
Total Fat 45 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 19 g
Cholesterol 98 mg
Sodium 749 mg
Carbohydrates 58 g
Dietary Fiber 22 g
Protein 49 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)