四季豆炒肉絲 (si ji dou chao rou si) Green Beans Stir Fried with Pork Threads. Green beans are a common sight on dinner tables and restaurants of all stripes in Taiwan usually stir fried or simmered in a highly flavored sauce or broth. This recipe makes use of a lot of beans and a sparing amount of meat all flavored with pungent black pepper sauce. It kind of epitomizes Taiwanese and to a greater extent “Chinese” cooking, a fairly healthy but still very flavorful dish that makes use of lots of vegetables and a little meat.
You will probably have to make the sauce for this one, but it is really worth it. The sauce can also be used for beef steak, pork or chicken as well (it probably goes well on a burger too). The first time I had 黑胡椒醬 (hei hu jiao jiang) Black Pepper Sauce I was in Taichung, this little restaurant over by the science museum served 牛肉鐵板燒 (niu rou tie ban shao) thin seared beef steaks on a sizzling hot cast iron plate smothered in Black Pepper Sauce. Pungent, sweet, salty, it would almost be an assault on the senses if it wasn’t so good. The sauce (and the beef steak for that matter) is a sort of Asian take on Western food, but the result is definitely greater than the sum of its parts.
- 1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed, and cut in half
- 7 oz. pork loin, cut into thin shreds
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 T. Black Pepper Sauce 黑胡椒醬 (Recipe Below)
- 2 t. sugar
- 3 T. soy sauce
- 1/4 c. water
- Put 1 T. of oil in a hot wok, add the garlic and stir fry until fragrant. Add the pork shreds and Black Pepper Sauce, stir fry until fragrant. Add the green beans, water, soy sauce, and sugar.
- Cook on high, uncovered, until the beans are tender and the sauce is reduced, thick and coats the beans. Remove and serve.
黑胡椒醬 Black Pepper Sauce
- 1 oz. butter
- 1/2 medium onion, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 T. ground black pepper
- 1 c. beef stock
- 1 t. salt
- 1 t. sugar
- 1 T. soy sauce
- 1 T. of steak sauce or ketchup
- 1 t. of cornstarch mixed with a little cold water
- Melt the butter in a sauce pan, add minced onion and minced garlic, cook on low until the onions are translucent. Add the the ground black pepper and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add the stock, salt, sugar, soy sauce, and steak sauce, bring to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cornstarch and continue to simmer until the sauce is thickened.