Easy Chinese Green Beans Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2016
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Chinese Green Beans with Fried Tofu and Bell Pepper (Flickr)
Chinese Green Beans with Fried Tofu and Bell Pepper (Flickr)

Green Beans are Fiber-Rich

Green beans are always abundant in the market. This vegetable is planted by farmers all-year round; though the plant requires semi-cold climate to produce crunchy and plump string beans.

Green beans can be mixed to almost any vegetable dishes: sauteed, stew, grilled, baked, and stir-fried. The Chinese loves to stir-fry chopped vegetables such as chopped green beans and carrots. Protein is added in the form of fried tofu.

Beef Shank Soup with Green Beans (Photo courtesy by garrie28 from Flickr)
Beef Shank Soup with Green Beans (Photo courtesy by garrie28 from Flickr)
Freshly Harvested Green Beans (Photo courtesy from Anne Brones - Flickr)
Freshly Harvested Green Beans (Photo courtesy from Anne Brones - Flickr)
Washed Green Beans (Photo courtesy from beautifulcataya - Flickr)
Washed Green Beans (Photo courtesy from beautifulcataya - Flickr)

Sauteed Green Beans

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of green beans, washed and cut into 1" long
  • 1/2 cup carrots, cut into strips
  • 1/2 tofu, cubed and fried
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • dash of iodized salt and ground pepper

Green beans with pork and sweet spicy sauce. (Photo courtesy by paragon from Flickr)
Green beans with pork and sweet spicy sauce. (Photo courtesy by paragon from Flickr)

HOW TO:

1. Heat oil in a non-stick wok over low heat.

2. Stir-fry garlic until gold brown.

3. Cook onions until transparent.

4. Stir in tomato paste and soy sauce.

5. Add a dash of salt and pepper, according to taste.

6. Add the green beans and stir-fry until shiny green.

7. Toss in the fried tofu cubes. Stir until well-coated with tomato.

8. Blend in the carrots strips. Cook for 5 minutes while occasionally stirring.

9. Optional: add a dash of sugar or a drizzle of honey.

10. Serve as toppings on steamed rice or cooked egg noodles; or with bread.

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        Roselyn Mendoza 

        7 months ago

        Pork, (or any kind of meat: chicken, beef, turkey, and even sardines), can be added, if wanted. :)

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        Debra Baker 

        8 months ago

        What about the pork?

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        Anamika S Jain 

        9 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

        Green Beans have never been my favorites. But those recipes look yummy that i am motivated to try it.

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        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        Thank you, Peggy W. I deliberately hunted for that particular photo (the green beans with pork and sweet spicy sauce) because it looks sooo delicious. :)

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        Peggy Woods 

        9 years ago from Houston, Texas

        The photo of those green beans has me drooling.

      • queen cleopatra profile imageAUTHOR

        Roselyn Mendoza 

        9 years ago from Philippines

        thank you for the nice comment, Lgali. Glad to meet you :D

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        Lgali 

        9 years ago

        very nice recipe.nice steps

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