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Dry-fried Sichuan string beans

Time 20 minutes
Yields Serves 4
Dry-fried Sichuan string beans
(Los Angeles Times)
1

In a bowl, combine the broth, sugar and salt.

2

Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 2 tablespoons of the oil and add half the beans. Reduce the heat to medium and pan-fry, turning the beans with a metal spatula or tongs, until they have brown spots and begin to wrinkle, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Pan-fry the remaining beans with 1 tablespoon of the oil in the same manner and add to the plate.

3

If the unwashed wok is dry, swirl in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and ground pork and stir-fry until the pork is no longer pink, breaking it up with a spatula, about 2 minutes.

4

Stir the broth mixture and swirl it into the wok. Bring to a boil over high heat and add the beans, tossing to combine, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vinegar, sesame oil and scallion and remove from the heat. Place on a serving platter. Serve at room temperature.

This recipe comes from Virginia Yee by way of the new book “The Breath of a Wok” by Grace Young and Alan Richardson.

Russ Parsons is a former food writer and columnist at the Los Angeles Times.
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