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Ants on a Branch

Post by irrelevant » May 18th, 2010, 2:42 pm

I expect the name of this is some sort of bad translation from Chinese..

but..


here we go.

the recipe as I received it.

4 T peanut oil
1 1/4 pound green beans, rinsed, cleaned, trimmed, cut to 3/4-1 1/4 inch section
1 T minced fresh ginger
1 T minced garlic
1/2 t flakes crushed red pepper
1/2 pound ground pork
1/3 c chicken stock
2 T soy sauce
1 T rice vinegar
1 1/2 t corn starch
1/4 c thin sliced green onion

Heat the peanut oil in a large pan.
Add ginger, garlic and pepper.
Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.

Add pork,
brown fully, stirring to break into small pieces.

Add green beans,
cook for 5-7 minutes, until beans begin to soften,
stirring occasionally.

Combine stock, soy sauce, vinegar, and corn starch.
Whisk to mix.
Add to pan,
stir,
cook until thickened slightly.

Serve over rice,
top with sliced green onions.


Cooks notes..

I used white Basmati rice
A pound and a quarter of green beans happens to be the size of a frozen back of them, already cleaned and chopped into the correct size pieces.. not sure if this is something that was altered in translation through the generations.
Quality of soy sauce makes the world of difference, go to the Chinese grocery store and get some good dark soy sauce, the sort of stuff that has more in common with molasses than Kikkoman (I'm partial to Mushroom flavored dark soy from Pearl river bridge)
when mixing the soy, stock, vinegar and cornstarch, I tend to add the ingredients to a tupperware/rubbermaid container and shake.


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Re: Ants on a Branch

Post by wd » May 18th, 2010, 2:47 pm

is that a med, or high heat in the pan?

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Re: Ants on a Branch

Post by irrelevant » May 18th, 2010, 3:23 pm

doesn't make that much difference, outside of cooking time.

I used more medium, just so I wouldn't have to be too attentive.

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Post by wd » May 18th, 2010, 3:29 pm

medium it is then ....i have the same attention span LOL

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Re: Ants on a Branch

Post by irrelevant » May 18th, 2010, 3:35 pm

just be sure the meat's cooked and the beans are cooked to your tastes (if using frozen, I'd defrost first)

It did take me longer than the times below, but was good + simple.


if you do try it, be sure to use the best soy sauce you can find ;)

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Re: Ants on a Branch

Post by wd » May 18th, 2010, 3:42 pm

already printed it and put it in the to be tried section of the notebook i keep
probably give it a shot on this weekend :)

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