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Spicy Long Beans

Chinese long beans are very long, rounded pod beans used in Asian cooking. Also known as yard-long beans, they can grow up to about 3 feet long, although they are usually picked at about 18 inches. The bean belongs to the same family as the black-eyed pea. Here, red chili-garlic sauce (sold in the Asian section of well-stocked supermarkets) adds a flavorful kick to the beans. Serve alongside our Lacquered Duck Breasts (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. Chinese long beans, brown ends trimmed,
      beans cut into 8-inch lengths
  • 1 Tbs. duck fat (reserved from making lacquered
      duck breasts)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/4 tsp. red chili-garlic sauce

Directions:

Have a large bowl of ice water ready.

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the water, add the long beans and blanch for 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the ice water to stop the cooking, then drain. Cut the beans in half and tie each half in a knot.

In a large fry pan over high heat, warm the duck fat. Add the long beans and cook, stirring frequently, until almost heated through. Transfer to a plate.

Let the pan cool slightly, reduce the heat to medium-high, and add the garlic and the chili-garlic sauce. Return the beans to the pan, reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
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