Stir-Fry String Beans Recipe

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This is something that’s really quick and simple to make, doesn’t require a lot of work or cook time.  You’ll probably find this dish in a lot of Chinese buffet/takeout restaurants.  This was something that my mom made a lot.  I love it!  Mine isn’t as good as hers, but none of my cooking (or anyone else’s for that matter) can compare to my mom’s cooking.

When it comes to food, I grew up rather spoil.  We never had a microwave growing up (I didn’t buy one until I was 21 and moved out on my own, and even then I hardly ever used the thing!), so everything was always homemade and from scratch.

I can’t give detailed instructions because I’ve never been good with stuff like that.  Even when I’m reading a recipe online, I never follow the measurements, I always just “eye-ball” everything — it’s probably why I can’t bake!  You’ll need fresh string beans/green beans (whatever you want to call it!), wash them under cold water, and chop off both ends of the beans.  Pre-heat a wok, put oil and stir-fry the garlic (I chopped the garlic into halves, but you can chopped them up finely, or however you like — really doesn’t matter to the overall dish, in my opinion); put the string beans in and stir-fry that in the wok for about 2 minutes, add a little bit of water (I’d say like 3 tablespoon, give it a peek when it’s covered to see if more water is needed) and cover the wok to let it steam for about 5 minutes, add oyster sauce and stir-fry for another two minutes — and you’re done!

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You can use onions also if you want to, and you can use soy sauce if you don’t have oyster sauce (many non-Asians don’t have it, so soy sauce will be okay too).  This is best cooked in a wok for even heat and quick cooking, but you can also do it on a large skillet if you don’t have a wok.  Some people add ginger to this too — it’s whatever you prefer, whatever pleases your appetite!

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