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Friday, January 9, 2009

Green Beans: 2 Ways

you know when i was a kid, i used to think that the soul was an organ. like a heart or liver. and this Soul Organ was located by the stomach. and now that i'm older, i find that i cook not only to sustain my body's needs but also to feed my soul. how appropriate that my child brain envisioned a separate organ next to the stomach.

which brings me to the green bean dishes i made for dinner this week. this is yet another shout out to Wandering Chopsticks. she made Sichuan Green Beans a few weeks ago which made me realize that i don't think i've ever had this dish. and it looked good and easy and fast to make, which are requirements for me during the work week. i had bought a bag of green beans at the new asian market that just opened and i wanted to put them to use. plus, the dish also made me think of a random scrambled egg dish my parents, grandparents, and buu's parents used to make. such an odd combo but it's so good!

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buu tells me that her in-laws love this simple green bean dish, she made it for them for thanksgiving dinner. it's just one of those in a pinch type of dishes. when you come home later than usual from work, and all you have in your fridge is eggs, and random veggies. i guess on the day this dish was created, the person only had eggs ... and green beans. it reminds me of my childhood. my grandmother actually used bitter gourd in replacement too, and it's quite good.

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Scrambled Green Beans and Eggs
adapted from buu and the rest of the pham-ily
this recipe will not have exact measurements, it's all about taste and randomness

green beans, cleaned and ends snipped
eggs
onions, sliced thin
few cloves of garlic, minced
fish sauce taste
splash of oil

heat up a wok or frying pan with some oil. when ready, throw in the onions and fry til translucent. next, add in the green beans. depending on how much you want your green beans to cook down. i opted to keep them crunchy, as i knew i'd have leftovers for lunch the next day and they'll be soft in the re-heat process. about five minutes. at this point, add in the garlic and sautee together. meanwhile, in a bowl, crack the eggs, however many you would use when making an omelette or scrambled eggs. whisk the eggs till well mixed. back to the wok, position the green beans around the edge, making a well in the middle. pour the egg mixture in the middle and then drizzle it outward. allow to cook somewhat before mixing it all together. i prefer my eggs to be on the softer side of cooked but since my friend Denise was coming over, i made sure it was all cooked thru. it's entirely up to you. towards the end of the cooking process is when i added about a teaspoon of fish sauce for taste.

buu thought it was weird that i had two green bean dishes to chow down with my rice. i bought a big bag!

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one of my friends' facebook status mentioned something about old school songs that just make her melt when she hears them randomly. well... just like how this old school dish feeds my soul, today's song also feeds into that nostalgia.

Today's song, Madonna, Crazy For You

i was lucky to see her perform this song in DC during her Reinvention Tour.

11 comments:

  1. You know, when you said scrambled eggs and green beans, I was thinking of chopped green beans in an omelet. This method is good too. My ba noi used to do with bittermelon.

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  2. green beans with eggs is the best!

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  3. That's cute about the soul being an organ to you. It's kind of a hard thing for a kid to get (or an adult, for that matter), isn't it? Either way, food that comforts you down-deep is the best kind, no question.

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  4. wc - yes, bitter melon/gourd is great scrambled with eggs. i love it like that too.

    kim - next time i'm at buu's, i'm going to request this dish. :)

    shannalee - in away, i still think that the soul is an organ, to be fed and taken care of like all other parts of our body. and old school dishes from way back when are the best kind of dishes. :)

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  5. actually this combo isn't too weird. my mom liked to scramble eggs with a lot of greens, and it always tasted really good.

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  6. becky - i guess weird might be the wrong term? different, maybe?

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  7. actually this combo isn't too weird. my mom liked to scramble eggs with a lot of greens, and it always tasted really good.

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  8. wc - yes, bitter melon/gourd is great scrambled with eggs. i love it like that too.

    kim - next time i'm at buu's, i'm going to request this dish. :)

    shannalee - in away, i still think that the soul is an organ, to be fed and taken care of like all other parts of our body. and old school dishes from way back when are the best kind of dishes. :)

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  9. green beans with eggs is the best!

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  10. So delicious- my new favorite egg dish! May I post this recipe/link on my personal blog?

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  11. The Bredensteiners,sure! so glad you enjoy it!

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