Pork Stir-fried with Long Beans

This is a very common Thai stir-fry that makes a frequent appearance, with variations, at many food stalls. Thai cooks will almost always use what translates to "three story pork" for the meat. This is pork meat with a bit of fat and inner skin layer still attached. Since this probably won't appeal to western palates, I've suggested pork loin as an alternative.

Pork with Long Beans

Pork Stir-fried with Long Beans

This recipe also calls for red curry paste - krueng gaeng ped - to be used. You should be able to find this in an oriental grocery, or use the recipe linked to below. You can of course use fresh string beans if long beans aren't available. If you can find real long beans, one thing some cooks like to do is tie the beans in a knot. Cut the beans in four to six-inch lengths and then just tie them in a knot. Long beans are flexible enough to do this. Regular string beans will snap if you try this.

Ingredients

Pork loin200 g / ½ lbCut in bit-sized pieces
Long beans10Parboiled
Red curry paste1 Tbl
Palm sugar1 Tbl
Fish sauce2 Tbl
Chicken stock60 ml / ¼ c
Vegetable oil3 Tbl

Preparation Method

  • Fry the curry paste in the oil over medium heat until the paste releases its fragrance, add the pork and stir- fry until cooked.
  • Add chicken stock, sugar and fish sauce. Mix well. Add the yard-long beans and stir to mix.
  • The dish is typically garnished with a sprinkling of finely sliced red spur chilli and shredded kaffir lime leaves.
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