The French beans aka green beans has a funny name in Hokkien – 乌龟豆 (tortoise beans). Not sure what they name it such, I don’t see the tortoise side of the beans.
I am bit worry each time we go grocery shopping together. Willem has no idea what’s left in the fridge and he always grabs everything he “thinks” he might want to use at some point when he finally gets to cook amid his busy work schedule. I come from family where wastage of food is a big NO NO. Often I wish that I can put on some race horse blinder on him to make sure he sticks to the course and only buy what I have put down in the list. He shops like a child in Toy “R” Us but the child has a credit card which he can use for anything he likes.
French beans is one of his must grab items which I don’t frequently use in my cooking. After watching a few batches went rotting, unused/unfinished in the fridge, I suddenly thought of this French beans might be the same beans as 乌龟豆? Yes, it is! Apart from the french beans are quite slim compared to the one I am familiar with, it tastes even better.
This is again a really easy dish to cook, very few ingredients and a few minutes of stir frying, you got a good side dish for your rice dinner.
Ingredients (for 2 to 3):
- 2 handful of french beans – trim the stem part and cut the bean 2 inches in length
- 3 cloves of garlic – roughly chopped
- 10 dried prawns – soaked in hot water for 15 minutes to soften then chopped finely
- 3/4 teaspoon of salt (more or less to taste)
- 1.5 tablespoon cooking oil
Pre boil the french bean for 3 minutes. Heat up the wok with oil and add the dried prawns, stir fry until it starts to turn brown. Because the dried prawns been soaked in water, some times it does “jump” out of the oil, watch your hand!
Add the garlic and stir for 10 seconds, add the french beans. Keep stir frying and if you think the wok is getting a little too dry, add 2 tablespoon of water and put a lid on medium fire to let it steams for 20 seconds. Add salt, mix well and try biting one of the bean to check if it’s cooked, otherwise keep stir frying.
Cooked bean has no squeaking sound when you bite on it. Personally I feel the squeaking sound from the not totally cooked beans very disturbing like the sounds of rubbing styrofoam.
Serve the french bean next to a meat/seafood dish along with white rice. You may also add prawns (white/grey/tiger prawns, shell peeled) into the french beans at the last 3 minutes. Don’t over cooked the prawns or they get very dry.
<– this is Willem version of the same dish without cutting the beans.