How to Cook Chinese Green Beans


Is your favorite dish at the Chinese buffet always the green beans? Here's a quick guide to making these perfectly seasoned and tender green beans.

Things You'll Need

  • • 1 lb. green beans, or Chinese longbeans
  • • 1 tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • • 1 tbsp. ginger, chopped
  • • 2 scallions (spring onions, green onions), white parts only, finely chopped
  • • 1/2 tsp. chili paste
  • • 1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
  • • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • • 1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • • Pepper to taste, optional
  • • 2 tbsp. vegetable or peanut oil for stir-frying, or as needed
  • Wash the beans completely. Cut off the tops and bottoms of the beans until they are around 2 inches long.

  • Chop up the garlic, ginger and scallions.

  • Stir fry the green beans in 1 tablespoon of oil until they start to shrivel and turn brown (5 to 10 minutes).

  • Remove the green beans and drain.

  • Stir fry the garlic, ginger and scallions on high heat with a tablespoon of oil. Using high heat, gradually add in the chili paste and stir fry for one minute longer.

  • Add the green beans to the stir fry mixture, along with the dark soy sauce, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and serve hot.

Tips & Warnings

  • These beans make an excellent side dish or a meal on their own.

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