Shanghainese String Beans with Minced Pork

08. September 2003 Vegetables + Salads 0

This is one of my favorite dishes from Joe’s Shanghai in New York City. The string beans always look wilted but they’re still crunchy when you bite into them. I’ve done this dish at home so many times that I think I know the secret to it.

half a pound of sweet string beans
a large knob of ground pork
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
salt, pepper

1. Boil some water in a sauce pot. Add the string beans and cook for no more than 5 minutes. Drain and shock in an ice bath. Drain again and set aside.
2. In a large skillet with hot oil, sauté garlic and onions until soft. Add ground pork and cook until light brown.
3. Add string beans and toss in the hot oil. Season with salt and pepper.