The moment I think Garlic, I think Chinese..But then I think Chinese for many other things even otherwise. Like Health and quick meals. Chinese cooking has ginger and garlic in almost all their dishes and stir fries are mostly or almost never made without the garlic.

I had some haricot verts in my freezer which was begging to be used! So, fixed myself a quick and yummy chinese stir fry with garlic and beans. Its v simple and takes only 5-8 min esp when you have frozen beans.

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  • Serves: 2 people
  • 2 cups beans, cut diagonally or left whole
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1 tsp Chilli paste ( which ia made with chilli pepper,seasonings and of course- garlic.Its v hot, so use it as per your discretion)
  • 1-2 tbsp soy sauce( as per taste)
  • 1 tbsp plum sauce * ( famous in Chinese cooking and taste great in stir fries)* Plum sauce has vinegar so I have skipped it, but in case of not using the same, go for Vinegar
  • salt to taste

Thaw the beans if using frozen


Heat a non stick pan and heat it. Add peanut oil and add the Onion, then garlic and then the chilli paste in that order with a space of 10 seconds. Keep the heat high.


Then add the beans and saute for 5 min in high flame. Add the soy sauce,salt and plum sauce and keep stirring for 2-3 min more in high heat.

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By Sudha on Jan 24, 2012

turned out very nice..thank you..

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By Vardhini on Aug 15, 2010

This was a very easy dish to put together. I used fresh beans and had to cook longer. Next time I would probably steam the beans prior to stir fry. Used lemon juice instead of plum sauce. The dish was very tasty and we had it with fried rice. Thanks for the recipe.


By Anne So. on Apr 2, 2014

Quick and easy! Great way to use up plum sauce!

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By Nags on Apr 9, 2008

i couldnt take my eyes off your lovely green chopsticks to read the recipe :D

By Kalai on Apr 7, 2008

Awesome meme! Those beans just look perfect, Dhivi! :)

By Saswati on Apr 7, 2008

Enjoyed reading the meme DK...nice and easy beans it:)

By Lisa on Apr 6, 2008

I'm never disappointed when I drop by your yummy place. Thanks DK for these perfect Spring culinary ideas.

By Uma on Apr 6, 2008

wonderful entry for the garlic event, DK! I enjoyed reading your meme too, especially that cracker thing, he he! Nice pictures.

By srikar's kitchen on Apr 6, 2008

looks nice dear... fantastic step by step click....nice entry...

By srikar's kitchen on Apr 6, 2008

looks nice dear... fantastic step by step click....nice entry...

By corrin on Apr 5, 2008

I can't believe you were the only person to pull the "corn"flakes funny!

By skeet on Apr 5, 2008

Welcome to Four Foods on Friday! The recipe sounds yummy!

By lori on Apr 5, 2008

Welcome to the FFOF! You've got some great pictures!

By valmg on Apr 4, 2008

Thanks for playing FFOF!

By easycrafts on Apr 4, 2008

Thats a nice meme and lovely dish too

By DK on Apr 4, 2008

Thanks Cham :)

Hey Siri ! That was some serious telepathy girl!

Thanks Sandhya :)

Hima : Thank god for small mercies! I was feeling so stupid...english is sure a dangerous language sometimes! But good that U dint misunderstand :)

By Hima on Apr 4, 2008

Hey Dhivya, chill, I did not find it rude at all. Thanks for wishing me good luck.

By sandhya on Apr 4, 2008

nice entry... simple and easy dish.... enjoyed reading your meme....

By Siri on Apr 4, 2008

Wow, that one awesome Meme Dhivs.. U never fail to crack me up too with ur often hilarious posts too!..:DD..and Guess what we made the *Green beans and Corn salad* just a while ago..thats a sheer coincidence right..!!


By Cham on Apr 4, 2008

Good quick and simple haricot vert dish to enjoy in anytime. I love the favo cracker ? well u really crack up DK!