Sichuan Dry-fried String Beans (Gan-bian Si-ji-dou)

Gan-bian Si-ji-dou – Sichuan cooks like to compliment many of their vegetable dishes with small amounts of ground meat. In this dish, pork enhances the taste and texture of the green beans and the flavors are more salty (dried shrimp) and pickle-ly (Sichuan pickled vegetable) and not very spicy.

Sichuan Dry-fried String Beans

This dish is traditionally made with Chinese long beans. If they're unavailable, supermarket green beans or French haricot verts make perfect substitutions. Many Sichuan vegetable dishes include a small amount of ground meat to compliment the vegetable in both flavor and texture. Although this dish can be made without any meat or with ground pork, it is especially tasty when bacon is used.
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Course: Appetizer, Gluten-free, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese, Sichuan, Western China
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Wok
  • Colander
  • Small bowl


  • lb Green beans or "four-season" long beans
  • 3 small Dried shrimp, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Sichuan pickled vegetables
  • ¼ lb Chopped bacon or ground pork
  • 1 stalk Scallion, chopped
  • 1 cup Cooking oil


  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice wine (or sherry)
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 3 tbsp Sesame oil



  • In a colander in the sink, wash green beans and drain. Trim beans, cut into 3-inch lengths, and return to colander. Mix the seasonings in a small bowl.

Cook Dish

  • Heat oil in a wok or frying pan until smoking hot. Working in batches, add ⅓ of the green beans to the oil and cook until the beans are soft and begin to blister. Removed cooked beans with a slotted spoon and drain. Compleat the last 2 batches after the oil gets back to temperature.
  • Remove all but 2-3 tbsp oil from the wok. Stir fry the bacon or pork until it begins to brown. Add Sichuan vegetable and dried shrimp. Toss to heat through and then add fried green beans. Stir-fry until the green beans are reheated and then stir in the seasonings and scallions. Continue cooking over high heat until the liquid has mostly disappeared. Transfer to a serving dish and serve hot.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1064mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 809IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg

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