Spicy Dry-Fried Green Beans (Gan Bian Si Ji Dou)
What is Spicy Dry-Fried Green Beans
Spicy Dry-Fried Green Beans, also known as "Gan Bian Si Ji Dou" in Chinese cuisine, is a flavorful and popular dish that combines green beans with a variety of spices and seasonings. The green beans are first blanched to achieve a slightly soft yet still crisp texture, and then stir-fried in a dry pan with garlic, chili peppers, and Sichuan peppercorns. This cooking method results in a spicy and slightly sour flavor, as the chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns add a bold kick to the dish. The green beans are typically stir-fried until they are wrinkled and slightly caramelized, giving them a sweet and savory taste. This dish is often served as a side dish but can also be enjoyed as a snack or light meal. If you enjoy spicy food, Spicy Dry-Fried Green Beans is a delicious option to try.
Here is a recipe for Spicy Dry-Fried Green Beans:
- 350g green beans
- 1 head of garlic
- 10 dried chili peppers
- Sichuan peppercorns
- Salt (optional, to taste)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- First, trim the ends of the green beans and break them into small pieces. Remove the tendons, and cut the peppers and garlic into pieces. Use a garlic press to mince the garlic and set it aside on a plate.
- Heat a pot, and add the green beans. Fry them until the water on their surface has evaporated, which will help them cook faster.
- Stir-fry the green beans until they are bright green and slightly wilted. Be sure to stir-fry on a low heat to avoid burning, and stir constantly.
- Once the green beans are cooked and have a wrinkled surface, remove them from the pot. There should be a small amount of oil left in the pot.
- Add the minced garlic and dried red pepper to the pot and stir-fry over low heat until they are golden brown.
- Add sugar, 8 grams of fresh light soy sauce, and salt (optional) to the green beans. Stir-fry everything evenly and serve.