What is it?
Very long pods that grow 1-3 feet long, they are similar to what we know as green beans or string beans. They are chewier, less fibrous and have a slightly nutty, sweeter taste than their shorter, American counterparts.
According to SteamyKitchen.com, the best beans are young and between one and one-and-a-half feet long, free of black spots and neither limp nor dry.
What is it used for?
Mostly used in stir-fries and Asian cuisine, these long beans are also sometimes chopped, sautéed and used in omelets. They can be cooked the same way as Western green beans. And they're best cooked lightly, so the texture is crisp and firm.
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Where can I find it in Houston?
This batch was found at Central Market, but we've never been to Super H Mart or 99 Ranch Market without spotting them in the produce section. Try them in place of your traditional green beans for Thanksgiving.
Chinese Long Beans with Cracked Black Pepper - Courtesy of Food & Wine