this quick and simple stir–fry for dinner on a warm night
when you don't want to spend too much time at the stove. You can
cook the vermicelli at the same time as the green beans, if you
start the water boiling in advance, and put the pasta in before you
heat the wok. You can also do the vermicelli well in advance, and
store it in water in the refrigerator. Drain and dry thoroughly
before adding to the wok.
- If you seed the chile first, it
will be milder.
2 teaspoons Chinese sesame oil
1 pound green beans, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 3-inch jalapeno chile, thinly sliced (seeding optional)
1/2 pound vermicelli, cooked and drained
- Place a medium-sized nonstick wok over high heat. After about
30 seconds--or when the pan is good and hot--add the oil and the
beans. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes over strong heat, then sprinkle
in the salt. Stir-fry for about 5 more minutes (depends on the
thickness of the beans).
- Stir in the garlic and minced chile, and stir-fry for about 2
to 3 minutes longer.
- Add the noodles, and toss with tongs or a long-handled fork
until combined and heated through. Serve hot or warm.