Spicy Garlic Green Beans

 

Spicy Garlic Green Beans

Spicy green beans, served in Chinese restaurants, is difficult to reproduce at home, so I came up with my own recipe. To retain crispness in the green beans, they are tossed with besan or chickpea flour and fried before stir-frying. If you prefer to use green beans without the besan, make sure the oil is very hot before frying them so that they remain crisp.

Ingredients1 lb. fresh green beans, cut in 2" lengths2 Tbsp. besan or chickpea flour (optional)1/4 lb. ground chicken or pork4-5 rashers of bacon, cut in strips1 medium onion, sliced6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced1 tsp. roasted chili flakes2 Tbsp. light soy sauce1 Tbsp. Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar1 Tbsp. sesame oil2 Tbsp. vegetable oilsalt to taste 
DirectionsBrown ground meat and set aside.Bring some salted water to a boil and blanch green beans for 2 minutes.Drain and toss with besan (optional).Heat oil over medium-high heat and fry green beans for 2 minutes.Remove green beans and oil from skillet and set aside.Stir-fry bacon and garlic until fat is rendered from bacon.Add onions, chili flakes and stir-fry until onions soften.Add ground meat, return green beans with oil to skillet and fry for a minute.Pour soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil into skillet and toss until combined.Add salt to taste and transfer to a serving dish.Garnish with sesame oil and serve over steamed long-grain rice.