Thursday, December 15, 2011

Chinese Green Beans {Vegan}

Day 349.

My husband and I both love Chinese green beans and the kids are absolute green bean junkies (though they usually prefer them raw). Our CSA box included another delicious-looking pound of fresh green beans this time, so I decided to give the green beans we love to get when out at a Chinese buffet a try at home. They have such a unique taste I'm hoping I can emulate it well.

Chinese Green Beans
Ingredients for 4 servings
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut in 2-inch sections
  • Mock hoisin sauce (about 1 tablespoon)
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter
    • dash of House seasoning
    • dash of hot sauce
    • drop of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, ground
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (for frying), divided
Mix sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat in a wok or slope-sided skillet. Stir fry green beans for about 7 minutes, until tender but not mushy. Remove green beans.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil and stir fry red onion for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Add garlic, hot sauce and chile flakes and heat an additional minute. Add green beans and sauce and toss. Serve hot.

The Results
Oh my goodness. These green beans are beyond wonderful. We really wished we'd had another pound of green beans to immediately make another batch. All of us devoured our servings and my husband was delighted to get the only second helping that was left (it was closest to his birthday). This is a definite repeat and I highly recommend the recipe. It's incredibly simple to make at home and I'll definitely be making this whenever I'm craving Chinese buffet food. This version is less greasy than the usual buffet version and the switch from scallions to red onions adds a yummy flavor.


  1. I love Chinese green beans and have yet to make them at home. Great recipe and thank you for sharing it with all of us green bean junkies.

  2. You are so welcome. I'm glad I finally gave them a try; they were so much simpler than I expected!

  3. I Kristi,
    I always look at the number of days on your challenge, it won't be long and you will be to 365. You have to email me when you post that day so I can celebrate with you. These Chinese Green Beans look awesome, we would just love them. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. Thank Miz Helen; it will be fun to celebrate! Though I'll miss the motivation to create a new recipe every day a little bit!