Recipes Chinese Green Beans with Ground Pork

This recipe’s basic procedure is the use of sauté techniques, so you’ll be guaranteed a nice warm meal for lunch or dinner. Depending on the quality of your ingredients, you’ll be assured of a delicious meal that’s relatively quick and easy-to-make, where you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy your daily intake of vegetables combined with your favorite meat: pork. Please prepare the following:

2 cans of 15 oz (425gms) of Chinese green beans, drained. Or you may get the fresh variety, equivalent to a pound or a pound and a half, from your favorite Asian food store. If you have the fresh variety, wash and cut them the same length as your smallest finger (make sure you cut away the ends of the green beans, as they’re tough to eat).
3 lbs of ground pork
1 large size onion, sliced, lengthwise
1 tablespoon ground garlic
1 tablespoon of hoisin sauce, or something similar that’s soya based from your favorite Asian food store.

1)    Place your large skillet on your stove, and turn on flame to medium. When skillet becomes warm, toss into it all the ground pork. Using a kitchen spatula, you will have to beat flat all the pork in the skillet, and give it a stir every now and then, until the whole batch becomes brown, and looking similar to granules. This is similar to making ground beef for your sloppy joe, actually, but the pork has to be cooked longer than usual. Towards the end, you will also notice some oil that the pork has produced; leave it in the skillet as you can use it for sautéing later on.

2)    Turn off flame in the meantime, and move the browned ground pork in to  your drainer to help remove more oil from it.

3)    Check if there’s enough oil from the ground pork for your onions and garlic – if not, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Then turn on flame to high, and start sautéing the onions and the garlic. Stir it regularly, so as to sear the contents. After 5 minutes, set flame to medium.

4)    Toss into the skillet all the ground pork, and give the contents some more stirrings.

5)    Turn on flame to high again. Toss into skilled all your Chinese green beans. Stir for at least 3 minutes.

6)    Pour the hoisin sauce, and stir. Put your lid on the skillet, and turn off the flame. Let it stay, and cook in its own heat for the next 5 minutes.

You may want to add more hoisin sauce to taste, or salt, depending on your preference. You may also want to pour a cup of hot chicken or beef broth into it, and give it a stir before serving.  This is good for 4 persons. Serve with your preferred side dish, which can be steamed rice or even mashed potatoes.


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