I almost always pass on green beans, but when they are prepared asian-style, they morph into one of my favourite sides. We decided to try and recreate this restaurant favourite at home the other night, and I must say, our results were pretty incredible! We began by breaking the ends off the beans, and then cooked them over high heat in a cast-iron pan to develop a nice char.
Once the beans were sufficiently cooked and charred, we removed them from the heat, and put our sauce in the pan instead. It consisted of the following:
Chinese rice wine vinegar
fish sauce (omittable to make this vegan)
fresh chopped chilies
Unfortunately we didn’t measure these out, but did it entirely to taste- trust your taste buds and you’ll be fine!
Once the sauce was bubbling, we threw the beans back in and let the whole thing cook for a few seconds.
We topped them with some toasted sesame seeds, and served them straight from the pan. A perfect complement to any asian-inspired meal!
Asian-style Green Beans