Recipes from Hong Kong: Stir-fried green beans with minced pork

Recipes from Hong Kong

Stir-fried green beans with minced pork

Country: Hong Kong
Course: Side
Makes: 4 to 6 servings


  • 12 oz green beans, trimmed
  • 1 stalk salted mustard greens*
  • 3 1/2 oz ground pork
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp water
  • pepper to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp Ground Bean Sauce
  • 1 tsp Chili Bean Sauce
  • 1 tsp XO Sauce
  • 1/3 tsp salt


  1. Soak the salted mustard greens in cold water for 20 minutes or so, then rinse and squeeze to remove excess moisture. Chop roughly and set aside.
  2. Mix the soy sauce, sugar, corn starch, water and pepper together and then pour over the pork. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat about an inch of cooking oil in a medium sized pan until bubbles rise around the end of a wooden spoon. Now add the green beans and fry for three minutes or so, or until bright green and just starting to soften. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  4. Remove all but a tablespoon of the oil from the pan and add the pork. Stir until cooked all the way through, then remove to a plate and set aside. Add a little more oil to the pan and cook the garlic until aromatic. Add the mustard greens, sugar to taste and stir fry for a minute or so. Then return the pork and green beans to the pan. Add the ground bean sauce, chili bean sauce and salt to taste. Sprinkle with a little bit of wine and then stir in the XO sauce. Serve hot.