Friday, July 14, 2017

Runner Beans With Black Beans And Chilli

A quick stir-fry dish, simple yet so tasty. I don't cook runner beans very often, simply because they are not always available. And when I do see them in the market, I would not hesitate to grab some, as we love runner beans. 

Recipe calls for the garlic and ginger to be thinly sliced, but I have chopped them instead, and have used more than the recipe calls for. Instead of boiling the runner beans for two or three minutes, I have simply microwaved them for two minutes, then proceed with the recipe.

The stir-frying part is pretty quick, takes only a few minutes. One of my usual way of stir-frying runner beans is to cook with chopped dried prawns. This recipe uses black beans, another delicious way of cooking these runner beans. We love this dish, makes a great side dish to eat with rice and other main dishes. It is now on my list of "everyday-dish" rotation!

Runner Beans With Black Beans And Chilli
(Every Grain Of Rice, by Fuchsia Dunlop)
250gm runner beans
1 garlic clove
an equivalent amount of ginger
1/2 fresh red chilli
2 tbsp cooking oil'
1 tbsp fermented black beans, rinsed and drained
1-2 tsp ground chillies, to taste
1 tsp light soy sauce

Top and tail the beans and cut evenly, on the diagonal, into thin slices (use a runner bean cutter if you have one). Peel and slice the garlic and ginger. Cut the chilli, on the diagonal, into thin slices.
Bring a panful of water to a boil and boil the beans for two to three minutes, until just tender. Drain and shake dry.
Add the oil to a seasoned wok over a high flame. Add the garlic, ginger and fresh chilli and stir-fry briefly until fragrant. Add the black beans and ground chillies and, again, stir-fry briefly until fragrant. Tip in the runner beans and continue to stir-fry until hot and sizzlingly delicious, adding the soy sauce, and salt to taste. Serve.

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  1. I adore the aroma and taste of fermented black beans. This stirfry must be very delicious and flavourful, Joyce.

  2. My mom cooks runner beans with dried shrimps too. This black bean version looks delicious, especially with a big bowl of rice!

  3. I want vegetable this so yummy runner beans with black beans and chilli this is my favorite, thank you for the tips.

  4. I seldom eat runner beans and this dish looks delicious!

  5. yummmm...... I love simple dishes like these.



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