Gan Bian Si Ji Dou (Sichuan Green Beans)
Gan Bian Si Ji Dou (Sichuan Green Beans)
If you are a fan of authentic Sichuan Chinese food then you are going to love this dish? Gan Bian Si Ji Dou (Sichuan Green Beans) is one of those recipes that you will find in many restaurants in China. It’s not so common in Chinese restaurants in other countries and is often not made correctly either, even if you manage to find it. This recipe is my family’s absolute favorite dish from when we lived in China, so I was very excited when I discovered how easy it was to make.
Sichuan food is renowned for ‘ma-la’, which is the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chili. It’s a delicious blend of flavors and is unusuasl as it leaves you with a numbing sensation in your mouth. Please feel free to alter the chili and peppercorns in this recipe to suit your taste if need be. You will find that given how much chili features in the recipe, it isn’t an overly spicy dish. Although this recipe traditionally features a small amount of minced pork to serve, simply omit to keep the dish vegan and vegetarian.
What is a Sichaun Pepper
Sichuan peppercorns are a spice with a very unique aroma and flavor. The flavour is really hard to explain as it isn’t spicy or pungent but has slight lemony overtones and creates a tingly numbness in the mouth. The flavor is very addictive and is unlike any other spice or food that you would have tried in your life.
Chilli and Sichaun Pepper- This Dish Must be Spicy?
Gan Bian Si Ji Dou is anouther dish that is made to pick through. Although the recipe features a lot of chilli and Sichuan peppercorns, you don’t end up eating them all, as their role is to impart flavor. Generally you pick through the chilli to pull out delicious chunks of chicken, pepper/capsicum, spring onions and crunchy peanuts. They’ve been imbibed with the delicious flavors from the pepper corns and the chilli, but the dish isn’t too spicy.
How To Serve Gan Bian Si Ji Dou (Sichuan Green Beans)
Try serving this with cauliflower rice or fried rice on the side. If you are looking for another Sichuan dish to go with this recipe, make sure you check out this recipe for Gong Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken.) Serving these two dishes together would make a lovely meal with a Sichuan theme.
Ingredients such as the dried chilli, Sichuan peppers and Chongxing vinegar can be sourced from Asian specialty stores. You can also use your own dried chilli if you grown your own. ry to find Chongxing vinegar as it really adds to the distinctive flavors of this dish. Mine was sourced from a local chain supermarket in Australia.
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- 500 gms whole green beans
- 1 tablespoon EVOO- extra virgin olive oil
- 2-3 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns source from Asian stores
- 10-20 large dried red chili cut into 1cm lengths with seeds removed use home grown or source from Asian stores
- 200 grams minced pork omit for vegan/vegetarian option
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 4 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Shangxing wine (Chinese Wine) alternatively use dry sherry or dry white wine
- 1 tablespoon Tamari
- 1/2 teaspoon stevia blend or sweetener of choice
- Prepheat the oven to 210 C/410 F.
- Heat a wok or a heavy frying pan over a high heat until hot, add the oil and once hot, add the green beans and pan fry until they start to brown slightly. Transfer the beans to a serving dish that is oven proof, and place in the hot oven while you quickly prepare the rest of the dish.
- Add a dash more oil to the pan if required and keep the temperature up high. Add the dried chili and Sichuan peppercorns to the pan and stir fry for a few moments to release the flavours. Add the minced pork, garlic and ginger and saute until the mince has browned and gone slightly crispy.
- Add the Shangxing wine, Tamari and sweetener to the pan and fry for a few minutes to reduce the sauces slightly. You want the mince to be quite dry.
- Remove the beans from the oven and pour the pork mince mixture down the centre of the beans to serve. Season with salt only if desired.