Baby French Beans 干煸四季豆

It dawned on me that I rarely post recipes of green vegetables in my blog. Most of the times are either poultry or seafood. Well well well, I do eat the greens for sure, just that it has always come to my thoughts that vegetables doesn’t really require any special formulas to make them tasty. As they are by themselves healthy plants to begin with and a simple blanch of the greens is good enough to consume vegetables sometimes. But they are some kinds of vegetables that I do really love and they do need abit of cooking to bring out the flavors, one of them being the baby French beans. Some crunch, some spice, some savory is needed for this wholesome dish altogether. Pairing it with some minced, this standalone dish is good enough with some plain rice or congee as it contains both poultry and a green vege.

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Notwithstanding the extra step taken to cook this dish due to the need to blanch the French beans in the hot cooking oil, the end result is something you will not regret. It’s a very popular dish at local zhi char stalls and I guess people often lack the patience to cook this at home due to the extra effort needed. But we do get tired of the usual kinds of veges day in and day out, so sometimes something different might just spruce up our appetite, isn’t it ? Other than that, I do love to try out different recipes each time as well so that I get to learn and know more about the different ways of cooking and in the process, enhance my food knowledge and learning curve. How about you ?

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Some people called these string beans, green beans, french string beans… I think it doesn’t matter what it’s called as long as you know that you are buying the correct kind of beans if you are planning to cook this. I personally prefer this kind of beans over the others.

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Baby French Beans 干煸四季豆

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2


For the Ingredients

  • 100 g baby french beans
  • 70 g minced pork/chicken
  • 10 pcs of dried chilies
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • some cooking oil

For the Seasoning (mixed well)

  • 1 tsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp sweet rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp worchester sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

For the Minced Marinade

  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp shaoxing wine
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil


  • Marinade the minced for at least 20 mins and set aside.
  • Trim both the ends of the french beans, rinsed with water, drained well and pat dry.
  • Heat up some cooking oil for deep frying the french beans. Once the hot becomes smokey hot, add the french beans quickly into the oil. The french beans will turn wrinkled in a matter of seconds once they are added to the hot oil.
  • Remove the french beans quickly and drain them well on paper towel to absorb the oil.
  • Heat up 1 tbsp of cooking oil in a wok. Add in the minced garlic, ginger and dried chilies and stir fried till fragrant.
  • Add in the minced pork/chicken and stir fried till almost cooked. Add in the french beans and seasonings respectively. Stir briefly and quickly for another 20 seconds to mix. Dish and serve immediately.


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