French Beans Salad凉拌四季豆liáng bàn sì jì dòu

cover.JPGWho would think that cooked sesame oil and minced garlic together could create such a glorious flavor?  The  four-ingredient salad is super easy to make and can immediately become a must of your dinner table. Feel free to replace the French beans with spinach, snow beans, or Chinese long beans.

Serves 2-4,

  •  250g            fresh green beans (French beans), ends removed四季豆
  • 2 cups          ice cubes (optional)


  • 1.5 tablespoon    sesame oil香油
  • 2-3 cloves       garlic cloves, minced, 蒜末
  • 1.5 tablespoon     light soy sauceIMG_6594.JPG


  1. Trim the ends of the French beans.IMG_6595.JPG
  2. Let’s blanch the beans first. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In the meantime, prepare a bowl of iced water. Add the beans into the boiling water, cook for about 4 minutes. Then drain the beans and immediately plunge them the iced water to stop cooking (if no iced water, just use the tap water.) In 2 minutes later, drain the beans. Half the beans in length. Place them in a serving plate.IMG_6622.JPGIMG_6624.JPG
  3. Now, let’s make the sauce. Add one and half tablespoon of sesame oil into a sauce pan over medium heat, add minced garlic and fry about 3-4 minutes till garlic turns brown. Add one and half tablespoon of soy sauce, mix well and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Turn the heat off.IMG_6625.JPG
  4. Use a spoon to pour the sauce evenly onto the beans in the serving plate.IMG_6626.JPG


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