Lemonade’s Chinese Long Beans with Summer Plums Recipe


Lemonade’s Chinese Long Beans with Summer Plums

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Chinese stir-fried Szechuan green beans with sweet and sour plum sauce and hoisin vinaigrette


1½ pounds Chinese long beans (about ½ bunch)1 tablespoon canola oil4 plums, halved, pitted, and thinly sliced4 scallions, white and green parts, sliced on biasCoarse salt and freshly ground black pepper1/3 cup Hoisin Vinaigrette (recipe follows)½ cup hoisin sauce1/3 cup plum sauce2 tablespoons soy sauce2 teaspoons sesame oil2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar1 small shallot, chopped2 garlic cloves, smashed2 teaspoons peeled and chopped fresh ginger½ teaspoon Dijon mustard½ teaspoon honey or agave nectar


  1. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl half way with water and adding a tray of ice cubes.
  3. Blanch the long beans for about 3 minutes; they become tender very quickly.
  4. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beans from the water and plunge into the ice bath to stop the cooking process and cool them down right away.
  5. Once the beans are completely cool, drain in a colander.
  6. The long beans can easily be prepared in advance, covered, and refrigerated.
  7. Cut the blanched long beans on the diagonal into 2-inch pieces.
  8. Coat a large skillet with the oil and place over medium-high heat.
  9. When the oil is hot, add the beans and stir-fry until they start to shrivel and turn bright green, about 5 minutes.
  10. Remove the long beans to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
  11. To the cooled beans, add the plums, vinaigrette, and scallions.
  12. Season with salt and pepper.
  13. Toss gently to combine.
  14. May be served warm, cold, or at room temperature.
  15. Hoisin Vinaigrette:
  16. In a blender, combine the hoisin, plum sauce, soy, sesame oil, rice, balsamic vinegars, shallot, garlic, ginger, mustard, and honey.
  17. Blend on high speed for about 1 minute until smooth.
  18. Pour the vinaigrette into a plastic container or jar.
  19. Store any leftover covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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