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Name:Dry *Fried* Beans Contributor:Diana Tracy
Description:Dry *fried* beans Posted:2002-03-19
Key words:green beans, shrimp, pork, garlic, chicken broth Category:Side Dishes
ID:607 Updated:2006-01-14 20:39:31
Ingredients:2 lb fresh whole young green beans
schezwan pickled vegetable (mustard root in sort of a dry kim chee; rubbed with chili type seasoning)
3-4 cloves garlic, finely diced
1/4 lb dried shrimp, or shredded dried pork (pork something or other foo), or a bit of bbq pork, or some cooked finely chopped pork loin
1/2 c chicken broth
1/4 c soy sauce
1/4 c rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar

Combined Sauce:
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 c green onions, thinly sliced
Preparation:Cut ends off of however many beans you want. If you need to string them, they are too old. You need incredibly fresh, young tender darling beans to do this. Wash if necessary, but dry Very Well.

Use your wok or deep fryer to heat up oil to 375 deg.
Drain beans in a colander whilst frying and dumping the rest in on top of them. At this point you can go on, or do as I do and run a bunch of lukewarm water over them, tossing enthusiastically to remove as much of the oil as possible.

In small batches, allowing the oil to reheat a bit between times. It will get fairly spectacular, so give yourself a fair bit of room; I really prefer my deep fryer for this.), deep fry the beans until they turn bright green and get a wrinkly appearance on the outside, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
They'll still be quite crunchy.

To the cleaned wok, add a touch of oil, heat, and add the garlic. Stir til fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the pickled veg and stir til fragrant, about 2 min. Add the beans. Stir til well mixed and heated through. Add the combined sauce ingredients and stir till well mixed. Add the onions, give a toss, and eat till you hurt yourself!
Notes:They make great leftovers, and eat well at room temp, too

This is the main reason to grow beans in the garden!

(Not to belittle the delightful wok-sauted asparagus we had tonight, along with mongolian beef, cucumber salad and a wee bito rice)

Cozy and full,
Equipment:Wok or deep fryer

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