乱棍打死猪八戒 This was the name my Mum used for this dish and it stuck in my head for years! It's a clever name as the string beans were the poles while the pork was Zhu Bajie, one of the characters in the story Journey to the West.
Names aside, this is a simple home-style dish that is easy to whip up and it goes nicely with a bowl of rice. I cooked the long beans a little more softer because of the kids, but you can cut the cooking time if you prefer it more crunchy.
1 tsp Bean paste with garlic
1 tsp Sugar
a dash of pepper
- Slice pork shoulder into thin slices. Marinate with seasoning for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash the long beans, cut into segments.
- Add a teaspoon of salt and oil in boiling water and cook long beans until desired texture. Drain and set aside.
- Stir fry marinated pork slices.
- Add a little water until just half of meat level. Bring to boil, cover up and simmer in lowest heat for 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes, stir in cooked long beans and thicken sauce with corn starch and water slurry.
See video here.