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Big Bowl Sichuan Green Beans
SICHUAN GREEN BEANS
Big Bowl Restaurant Recipe
1 1/2 pounds fresh string beans
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine
1 teaspoon white or rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups peanut or vegetable oil
6 ounces ground pork
3-6 dried chile peppers, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
Wash the beans, cut off the tips of both ends, dry thoroughly, and set aside.
Mix the salt, sugar, wine, and vinegar, and set aside.
Heat the oil in a wok or skillet until very hot. Add the beans in two batches and cook until wrinkled, 3 minutes or more depending on the freshness of the beans. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain in a colander or on paper towel and set aside.
Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the oil. Heat and add the ground pork and dried peppers. Stir over high heat, breaking up the lumps of pork, 2 to 3 minutes. (The pork shouldn't be browned.) Add the soy sauce and stir until evenly coated.
Replace the beans and stir over high heat. Immediately add the salt, sugar and wine mixture and stir over high heat again briefly, about 1 minute. Makes 4 servings.