Posts RSS Subscribe to Feed
Sign Up for Latest Recipes!

Snake Beans in Spicy Bean Paste Stir-fry Recipe 辣豆酱炒青豆

Monday, May 07, 2012 | Labels: , , , , |

There's nothing easier and more satisfying than a good old homestyle simple stir-fry, make it spicy and I'm in for sure.  I have relied on the good old stir-fry on many a tired weeknights and I always end up with a good, relatively healthy and of course always delicious meal.  I have to admit though that I have only recently began to appreciate snake beans.  Snake beans are cousins to the more well known French beans where both are extremely crunchy and good for you.  Snake beans are darker hued and are even firmer in texture so it is advisable to blanch them in some lightly salted water before the actual stir-frying.

Spicy Snake Beans Stir-fry

The beans are simply stir-fried with some fragrant garlic, spicy bean paste and red chili peppers - easy right?  I am a big fan of bean sauces as I just love the earthy fragrance they impart to most dishes.  If you can't find snake beans, you can use French or green beans which will work equally well but do adjust the blanching time accordingly as snake beans are firmer.  I do hope you will give this quick and simple dish a try the next time you pick up some beans at your local grocery store!

Spicy Snake Beans Stir-fry

This post is part of my Yuen Chun Recipes, an ongoing project on this blog.

Serving suggestion:  with steamed rice

Serves 3-4


500g of snake beans, rinsed and sliced into 3 inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 bird's eye chili peppers, sliced
2 tablespoons Yuen Chun spicy taucu (bean paste) sauce
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce or to taste


Firstly, blanch the snake beans in lightly salted water for about 1-2 minutes.  Once slightly softened, remove from water and drain.  It is up to you how firm you like your beans to be so adjust accordingly.

Heat up your wok until almost smoking.  Add about 3 tablespoons of oil.  Swirl to coat.  Turn heat to low.  Add garlic and chili peppers.  Fry until aromatic.  Add bean paste.  Be careful as it may splatter hence keep the heat low.

Add in the blanched beans from earlier. Add soy sauce.  Stir to coat well.  Turn heat to high.  Stir around briskly to coat again.  Add about 3 tablespoons of water and turn heat to medium.  Cover for a quick minute and allow to simmer.  Remove cover and do a taste test, add more soy if desired.

Turn heat to high and give it a last stir.  Remove from heat and serve immediately with steamed rice.


Smallkucing said...

OOo it's called snake bean ya :)


Tastehongkong said...

Cooking beans with spicy sauce is one that I love, and you've made this simple dish look appetizing enough : ).

Littlecornerofmine said...

Looks delicious, I just called it long beans.  Hehe...

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

 Thanks for visiting my blog Jasmine!  How have you been???  I missed you very much.  Hope all is well with you.  I've been really busy with the kids this year and I am hardly able to catch up on everything.  :-(  Your dishes always look so delicious!  I didn't know it's called snake beans.  I love the flavor of this!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

I miss u too Nami!!! I ve been busy lately too!!! Thanks so much for dropping by and your kind words!! ;)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks!! :)

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks dear!!!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Haha yeah!!

love2dine said...

Wow what a great idea!! Looks and sounds delicious!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...


Maliha Sassin said...

Your blog is one of the best blogs.
I would like to come back again.
I am sure of that you are also glad to help every other.
Thank you for sharing!
Various Cooking Recipe

Cheah said...

Yes, sometimes simple stir-fry can be very appetising with plain white rice.

Kristy said...

Another delicious recipes from Smoky Kitchen. How wonderful.
Hope you're having a great week ahead, dear.

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks dear kristy!! U too

Holly | Beyond Kimchee said...

How are you Jen? I've been so busy with many things in life that I became reluctant with catching up with my blog friends.
I love your snake beans. I am so happy to know how to make this dish. So the Yuen chun is the brand name for the bean paste sauce?

Smoky Wok (formerly Tastes of Home) said...

Thanks holly! Sorry for late reply been busy too :) yes that is the name of the brand。 glad to hear from u !!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Creative Commons Licence
Smoky Wok by Smoky Wok is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at
No content from this website including images, recipes, writings may be reproduced without prior consent from the author.

Smoky Wok

Smoky Wok

Smoky Wok