I love green beans. They have to be my favorite vegetable. Anytime we go to a Chinese buffet, I always beeline to the green beans. This isn't exactly like what you'd get at the buffet but it's really good and easy and a perfect side for Teriyaki chicken.
Asian Green Beans
1 1/2 lbs of fresh green beans
1 1/2 Tbs sesame seed oil
2 Tbs garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbs soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook green beans in a pot of salted boiling water for about 3 minutes. Then plunge into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Then remove from ice water and pat dry with paper towels.
Heat sesame oil over high heat, add garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir-fry for about 1 minute.
Add the green beans, cook for 1 minute, then add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Cook about two minutes until sauce begins to thicken and coat the beans.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste.