Chinese food,  Main dishes

Sichuan green beans, pungent, spicy and delicious!

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sichuan green beans on white plate

Yummy, super easy and quick Sichuan green beans. In particular great as a side dish, but also as a quick lunch served with some plain white rice.

Sichuan cuisine is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from the Sichuan province . It has bold flavours, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from largely used garlic and Chili peppers, as well as the unique flavour of Sichuan pepper. Which has slight lemony overtones and gives a bit of numbness on the tongue.

How to use Sichuan pepper

Sichuan pepper, even though using the name ‘pepper’ is not at all the same as black or white pepper. In actual fact it is a berry so it is botanically not related to black or white pepper. So, it is used in a different way than regular pepper.

For the use of ground Sichuan pepper; Remove the black inner seed. In most cases this has already been done. Only the husks of the Sichuan pepper is dry toasted. After cooling down it is best to grind it by hand, and sieve it. Best and most flavoursome while using fresh.

You can use this ground Sichuan pepper in dressing, or sprinkle it over your favourite dishes. It adds a citrussy tone to your dishes, and it gives a tingly numbing effect to your tongue.

Sichuan green beans

This green bean dish is a perfect side dish to many Chinese dishes. In China people tend to share different dishes. It is super quick to make. By stir-frying the beans you create a whole different texture in comparison to boiling or steaming beans. The beans shrivel up and shrink a bit.

These green beans are part of my; ‘Travels of taste‘ series. We use our taste buds to travel the world. If you are ready to imagine yourself travelling through China whilst discovering all its flavours. Check out my full China ‘travels of taste’ post; >>> China, It’s all about FOOD!

If you are curious, give it a try! You can adjust the spiciness to your own liking. Let me know what your thoughts are, by adding @haricoco1 to your Instagram post, or write a comment down below. Enjoy!

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