Akha Beans

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READY IN: 20mins
SERVES: 2-4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 12
    lb green beans, ends removed
  • 12
    garlic cloves, roasted and peeled (roast the entire head before peeling the cloves)
  • 1
    piece ginger, thumb-size, roasted and peeled (if not using sesame seeds)
  • 2 -3
    tablespoons sesame seeds (if not using ginger)
  • 3
    tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 2
    tablespoons mint leaves, chopped
  • 2
    tablespoons sawtooth herbs, chopped (or substitute culantro)
  • 2
    tablespoons spring onions, white stalk and greens, finely chopped
  • 1
    tablespoon mint leaf, chopped (or substitute cilantro)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Slice the beans diagonally or halve them. Steam the beans for a few minutes until lightly cooked. Remove to a mixing bowl.
  • Dry roast the sesame seeds until golden. Remove them before completely browned. Set aside to cool.
  • Put the peeled, roasted garlic cloves and salt in a mortar. Slice the roasted ginger if using. Add to the mortar. Pound the ingredients together until well-integrated. Tip this mixture over the beans.
  • Add the soy sauce and gently mix into the salad by hand. Add the chopped mint and sawtooth herb.
  • Add the dry roasted sesame seeds if using and gently mix in by hand.
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