Friday, June 24, 2011

Green Beans With Hoisin Sauce

Stir-fried green beans are a family favorite. Fresh or frozen green beans can be utilized to make this dish. Served over brown rice or other grains, it is a filling and nutritious dish. It is adapted from The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook.

Since we did not have hoisin sauce in my pantry, we devised a substitute. A quick hoisin sauce can be made from simple everyday ingredients if you don't have a prepared one in stock or cannot run out to the store to get one. It is surprisingly simple and quite good. We made it based on a recipe Chellu found on food dot com. Hoisin sauce does double duty as a condiment with snacks or as a stir-fry sauce. Enjoy!

Kecap manis is a sweet, thick Indonesian soy sauce; kecap manis, chile sauce, toasted sesame oil etc are available in Asian markets and sometimes in supermarkets also. In case kecap manis is not available, use more of the soy sauce instead.

Ingredients for Hoisin sauce: About 1/2 cup sauce

3 Tbsp each regular Soy Sauce and Kecap manis
2 Tbsp creamy Peanut Butter
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Tbsp Molasses, Brown Sugar, or Honey
1 clove fresh Garlic, minced and mashed well
1 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
2 tsp Chinese Chile sauce or Sambal Oelek
About 1/4 tsp freshly ground Black Pepper


Combine all the ingredients in a screw-top jar that will not leak.

Shake vigorously until well mixed.

Ingredients for Green Beans w/Hoisin Sauce: 4 Servings

1 Tbsp Sesame oil
1 lb Green Beans, topped, tailed and cut into two pieces
A pinch of Sea Salt
1 or 2 fresh hot red Chile, finely minced
2 - 3 Tbsp Ginger, finely grated
2 cloves fresh Garlic, minced
1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce, see the recipe above
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 cups cooked Brown Rice, ready to serve
2 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds, to serve
1/2 cup Roasted Peanuts, Cashews, or Almonds, to serve


Heat a kadai/wok until hot. Pour the oil and quickly and carefully swirl to coat the sides.

Stir in the minced chile, ginger and garlic and cook for a minute or so until slightly browned and fragrant.

Toss the beans with a pinch of salt into the oil mixture and cook stirring until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the hoisin sauce and brown sugar and cook on high heat until beans are tender.

Coarsely crush the sesame seeds in a mortar using a pestle; add the nuts and crush them to break them up a bit.

Serve the hot green beans immediately over the rice sprinkled with the nuts and sesame seeds. Enjoy!!

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