What Are Chinese Long Beans?
Chinese long beans (also called Chinese green beans, yard-long beans, and chopstick beans) are a staple vegetable in much of Southeastern Asia.
While they can be eaten raw, they're often thrown in stir-fries, curries, and omelettes.
They taste like the European-American style of green beans but the flavor is sharper and they have a crunchier texture.
Incredibly healthy and now widely available in most supermarkets, Farmers' Markets, and Asian markets, Chinese long beans are a wonderul option for adding to main courses or using for simple side dishes.
How To Cook Chinese Long Beans
I love to prepare Chinese long beans in a Sichuanese style using Sichuan peppercorns and dried chilies (preferably, a Chinese variety).
First we quickly stir fry the chilies and peppercorns in peanut oil to bring out their flavors. Then we add the long beans to the hot pan, and stir-fry for just a few minutes.
To finish we take the pan off the heat and toss with a little dark sesame oil and soy sauce. Easy!
How To Prep Chinese Long Beans
Prepping Chinese long beans is simple. Wash them in clean water and then trim the ends. Finally, if a recipe calls for them to be in certain lengths - as this one does - cut them to the appropriate length.
More Chinese Stir-Fry Recipes to Try!
- Stir-Fried Green Beans With Ginger and Onions
- Mushroom Stir-Fry With Peas
- Spicy Tofu Stir-Fry
- Broccoli Stir-Fry With Ginger and Sesame
- Celery Stir-Fry
Sichuan Style Stir-Fried Chinese Long Beans
Chinese long beans can be found in both green and purple varieties. Both have similar flavors and textures, and either kind can be used for this recipe.
If you don't have a wok, use a sturdy, large sauté pan that has at least a two-inch lip.
1/2 pound Chinese long beans, trimmed and cut into 3-inch segments
1 tablespoon peanut oil
4 to 6 dried chilies, preferably Sichuanese, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns, lightly crushed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
Splash soy sauce
Add the oil, stir-fry the chilies and peppers:
Add a tablespoon of peanut oil to a wok or a large sauté pan over medium heat and swirl until hot. Add chilies and peppers and stir-fry briefly until fragrant.
Add the long beans, salt, and sugar:
Add the long beans and stir-fry vigorously for 3 to 4 minutes. (You don't want the spices to burn. If they start to then turn down the heat a bit). Season with salt and sugar and stir-fry a few seconds more to mix it all together.
Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce:
Remove from heat. Stir in the sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve immediately.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 3 to 4|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 7g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||6%|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||3%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||10%|
|Total Sugars 3g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||28%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|