Flash Fried French Beans

Irene's Cookery
by Irene's Cookery
2 Servings
5 min

I'm perplexed. I'm confused. I just don't get it. 🤔 What's so French about French beans? They're not even from France! ⠀

Googling reveals that French beans are thought to have originated in South and Central America around 7,000 years ago. When Christopher Columbus returned from his second voyage to the New World around the year 1493, he brought the French beans to the Mediterranean region. At that time French beans were considered rare and therefore expensive but very soon became one of the most commonly used beans. They were introduced to France only in the year 1597 by the Conquistadors. Anyway, that's as much as I got on the history of French beans. Anyone still awake? 😴

Regardless of its name or history, I do like French beans for its versatility. Plus, they're awfully quick to cook, so quick in fact that some people tend to over cook them, causing them to lose their slight crunch. For the best texture, I prefer to what I call, flash fry them - a quick stir fry in a hot wok or skillet to make sure they remain crisp with a gorgeous and vibrant colour. ⠀

Isn't it gorgeous?

A simple and quick stir fry.

Just waiting to be transformed!

Recipe details
  • 2  Servings
  • Prep time: 3 Minutes Cook time: 2 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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  • Neutral flavoured oil: 1 tablespoon
  • French beans, top and bottom points removed, sliced thinly at an angle: 250 grams⠀
  • Carrot, peeled, cut into short, thin strips: 20 grams
  • Garlic, minced: 2 cloves ⠀
For Seasoning
  • Chicken stock powder (optional): 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt: To taste
  • Pepper: To taste
To garnish
  • Fried silver fish: 1/4 teaspoon
  • Fried shallots / onions: 1/4 teaspoon

Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and stir fry till aromatic, making sure it does not burn.⠀
Add carrots and French beans, rapidly stir frying for 1 to 2 minutes. Season to taste and serve immediately.
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