Winged Beans

This is a completely new vegetable to me. I have never heard about it, never seen it before.

This is how they look like:

It also has the name: four-angled beans and dragon beans.

They look kind of strange to me at the first sight. I was very curious whether those small leaves are edible or not. And if it is hollow or there are seeds inside.

I bought them last night, and couldn’t wait to cook them today.

I trimmed the two ends and cut them into slices.

They are kind of in star shape. And yes! There are seeds inside. Their smell is not pungent and a bit like long beans.

I decided to cook it in a way similar to how I cook French beans.

  1. heat 1 tsp oil in the pan. Add in 1 clove of chopped garlic and a little ginger shreds. Saute till aromatic.
  2. Add all the winged bean slices in. Stir fry for 1 min.
  3. Add in 1 tsp sweet cooking wine, and 1 tsp light soy sauce. Toss a  bit.
  4. Add in 1 tablespoon water. Cover with lid and simmer for 2 mins.
  5. Toss a bit. Add in chopped red chili (mine is spicy type) and lid on for another minute.
  6. Season with salt and serve hot.

Beans are chewy and taste a bit sweet. I like them.

I was really worried that could I get food poisoning. But so far so good. No vomiting, no  stomach ache, no diarrhea. 🙂

I’m so exiting that I knew new vegetable today and I cooked it!


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