back from xintang, and what do i crave ? why, more chinese food, of course ! but this time, i'm home and have total control over the ingredients. omnomnom. you see, in china, you don't really have much control over what you are eating. except of course, unless you decide to pack your suitcase full of energy bars and packaged tuna ( read : hipsters guide to surviving china ) but even so, it would be hard to live off the shit for weeks at a time. you see, authentic chinese food is a lot different than the likes of panda express and pf changs. even with the best intentions, its near impossible to avoid excess sodium and msg. it kinda just is what it is. and while i have successfully navigated the culinary minefields of southern china to find a turbo tasty menu, it is more often than not still bad for the waistline.
now, full disclaimer here : i had no clue what i was doing when i whipped this up. in fact, i had no intention of posting it on the site, but it ended up looking so good and tasting so delicious that i couldn't resist. so i recommend taking this ingredient list as a general guideline. for example : when it came to the spice level, i started with the red pepper flake and then just kept adding whatever i had lying around til it got to a heat level that i was happy with. that said, four different kinds of spice/sauce miiiiiiiight not be necessary. just play with it and you can't go wrong.
my ingredients :
- green beans, cleaned
- 1 pckg ground "meat" as pictured above
- 4-5 cloves crushed garlic
- whole scallion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons red chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon tradejoe's general tsao stir fry sauce
- dash of soy sauce
- red pepper flake to taste
- salt and pepper to taste
- green onion as garnish