Every year in early Autumn, once I see there are green beans displayed on the stalls, I would immediately think of this dish: braised noodles with green beans.
I remember my grandma used to cook this dish to me, so that I got to eat some green vegetables. And now I also cook this dish to my son quite often, for that same purpose.
The beauty of this dish is that the noodles absorb the cooking sauces and juice of the beans, and since they are braised rather than boiled, the texture of the noodles is not watery. Another important ingredient is the minced garlic. After sauteed in the pot, the minced garlic would release its scent, which will also be taken by the noodles. It is a plate that may make you worried about your breath afterwards, however you just can’t resist.
- Pork (cut into strips)
- Green beans
- Minced garlic
- Noodles/ Pasta
- Soy sauce
- Chinese cooking wine
- Use soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine to marinade the pork for 15 minutes (add in some grounded pepper if preferred).
- Heat up oil in a pan, and put the minced garlic into hot oil in order to get its scent out.
- Add the marinaded pork, saute until it is 80% cooked. Then take them out for later use.
- In the same pot, using the remained pork oil to saute the green beans for 1 minutes. Add in water to cover all the green beans. Cover the lid and cook for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, take out half of the broth from the pot, then add in the noodles and the pork.
TIPS: If you can’t find Asian noodles, it is suggested to use fresh pasta or egg pasta as they are easier to braise in this way. The dried spaghetti is not recommended here, as it is too long and difficult to fit into the pot.
- Switch to medium-low heat and cook the noodles inside the pot with all other ingredients together with the lid on.
- Stir from time to time to see if all water has been absorbed. Then add in some broth if it is too dry in the pot.
- Repeat the step 7 until all noodles/ pasta are cooked.
- Add some salt and pepper according to your own preferences. It is ready to be served.
The pasta I am using here was bought from Eataly, the Italian food grocery store selling high quality Italian food products. I found these pasta in their flagship store FICO newly open in Bologna. You can find them on their website, or choose the Asian noodles as preferred.