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Bean Curd Sticks with String Beans

Pork

Bean Curd Sticks with String Beans
Ingredients:
1/4 pound pork loin, cut into thin strips
1 Tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
10 dried bean curd sticks or two sheets of dried bean curd prepared as indicated below
1 chili pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 teaspoon dried garlic slices
2 Tablespoons dried fried shallots
1 Tablespoon corn oil
1/2 pound green beans, ends removed
Preparation:
1. Mix pork with cornstarch, sesame oil, and dark soy and set aside for ten or fifteen minutes, no longer, then drain and reserve the liquid.
2. Soak bean curd sticks in warm mater for fifteen minutes, then cut away and discard thickened bent part and cut the rest into three-inch lengths. If using dried bean curd sheets, place them between wet and wrung out towels for fifteen minutes, then cut them into one-inch by three-inch pieces.
3. Mix garlic and shallots (chili pepper, if used). Heat oil and put this mixture in for half a minute, then add pork and fry just until it loses its pink color. Add the bean curd sheets or sticks and fry another minute before adding the marinating liquid and the string beans. Continue to stir-fry until all the liquid evaporates, but no longer than two minutes, then serve.

                                                                                                                                                       
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