Friday, 8 October 2010

Stir Fried French Beans

Freshness is goodness.

To get more acquainted with ingredients, I often do a taste test in its raw form – excluding most raw meat for obvious reasons though admittedly, I love most sashimi varieties.

This time it was French Beans.Though I have purchased and cooked French beans numerous times, this purchase was fresher and more inviting. So, taste test it was -  really sweet.
I kept it simple with garlic, oil and the heat of the wok to bring out its taste. Would have been an overkill with oyster sauce and sesame oil.

M really loved the beans this way and asked what stock was used. You can imagine his surprise when I told him the ingredients!

French Beans
3 cloves Garlic, chopped

1. To prepare French Beans: Cut both end of beans simultaneously tearing away the thread/vein that runs on both side of the beans. Then cut beans into 1” length.
2. Heat wok. Add Sunflower oil.
3. Once hot, add Garlic. Stir fry till aromatic.
4. Add in French Beans. Stir fry for a minute or two to retain crispness. Cooking it too long will make it soggy.
5. Serve.


  1. Yup! You got it just right! Dirt-simple and cooked fast, on high heat. One almost wonders what is missing, but the answer is: Nothing. Fresh veggies have a presence that is their own and most do not need enhancements or sauces. In this case, the bit of oil is not really a flavor component, but simply cooking lubrication. (I suppose you could dry-fry the beans, but why?)
    Good stuff and thanks for posting on Photograzing.

  2. I love simple recipes like this! :)