Stir-fried Green Beans with Minced Pork in XO Sauce

Have you noticed the stir fried Green Beans you order on Chinese Restaurants looks like blistered? Have you tried doing it at home and can’t recreate the similar looks, texture and taste? I had the same issue before until I asked a Chinese friend of mine on how do the Chinese restaurants make it, you will be surprised on how easy it is? The secret is deep frying them briskly in a really hot oil which gives that blistered texture while retaining its sweetness and crunch in the process.


This then is further processed by adding sauces like XO Sauce, Oyster Sauce or just simply Soy Sauce, minced meat is also added but totally optional. For today’s recipe we will be using XO Sauce which is also the most common sauce used in this recipe.

Stir-fried Green Beans with Minced Pork in XO Sauce
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 250 g green beans, trimmed
  • 100 g minced pork (30% fat)
  • 1 tbsp dried shrimps
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, sliced finely
  • 1 tbsp XO sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli oil
Instructions
  1. Pat dry the green beans using kitchen towel then slice into 4 cm sections.
  2. Prepare a wok with enough oil to deep fry green beans, heat in medium high heat and once hot enough carefully drop the green beans and cook briefly until blisters appear. This might take less than a minute. Remove beans from wok then place in a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil.
  3. Using a different wok add a small amount of oil then sauté garlic, shallots and dried shrimps.
  4. Add the minced pork, XO sauce and chilli oil, stir fry until pork is cooked.
  5. Add the beans and stir fry for a minute, add a few dashes of water if needed to add moisture to the vegetables.
  6. Season with salt then serve.

 

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9 Responses

  1. cquek says:

    i love that dish. we always have that for dinner

  2. P says:

    Step 1 is different from the ingredients listed.

  3. Joan says:

    Pork and green beans are always good togehter, add a little XO sauce and you have an instant pick me up.

  4. One of my favorite ways to make green beans!

  5. I love snake beans & pork mince, with XO sauce. It’s always been a fave of mine, at yum cha or big family dinners. First time I ate it, was in Shanghai & yours looks just as good & wholly authentic too!

  6. Michelle says:

    XO is possibly the one “sauce” in the world that I couldn’t live without. Green beans have never looked so delicious!

  7. mjskit says:

    What a great green bean recipe! We’re growing green beans this year and hope to have “a lot”, so I’m planning on give this one a try. It’s one of those one pot meals that I love!

  8. This is actually my favorite dish that I like to order (and husband and kids object – because I order all the time)… I have to try with XO sauce which I don’t have in my kitchen. This sounds so good. I can’t wait to make it at home…and hopefully I don’t have to annoy my family by ordering this all the time. 😉

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