Recipe: Chile-hot bright green soybeans with garlic

Recipe: Chile-hot bright green soybeans with garlic
(Richard Jung / For The Times)

Total time:

15 minutes



8 as an appetizer or side dish


Adapted from "Beyond the Great Wall." This recipe is traditionally made with fresh fava beans.

1 pound (2 cups) fresh or frozen shelled soybeans

Scant 2 tablespoons peanut oil

5 dried red chiles

5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon star anise pieces

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chicken or pork broth or water

1. Rinse the beans

under cold water, drain and set aside.

2. Heat a wok


over high heat. Add the oil, swirl it around in the pan and heat until hot. Add the chiles and garlic and stir-fry until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the soybeans and the star anise and stir-fry for 1 minute.

3. Add the salt

and broth or water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are very tender, about 7 minutes. (Fresh and frozen take about the same time.) Turn out and serve.

Each serving:

130 calories; 13 grams protein; 10 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 0 cholesterol; 350 mg. sodium.