Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China

Friday Food 156 – “Peanut” Beans

Friday Food is an occasional article about one of the more unusual food items to be found in Liuzhou that week. This week we are full of beans.

I actually first came across these back in August, but was reminded of them a few days ago.

Fresh ‘Peanut’ Beans

They are fresh beans known in Chinese as 花生豆, which literally means ‘Peanut Beans’. They are not related to peanuts in any way (peanuts aren’t beans, for a start), but are a type of runner bean. An alternative Chinese name is 荷包豆, literally ‘pocket’ beans.

Depending on where you are from, you may know them as  ‘cranberry beans’, ‘shellie beans’ or, in Europe, borlotti beans.

De-podded fresh beans

The de-podded fresh beans take around 45 minutes to simmer to tenderness and have a particular affinity with garlic. I mash a clove or two in with the beans, bring to the boil and turn to low for 45 minutes, checking regularly towards the end of the cooking time.

The season for fresh beans is in high summer and is very short, so grab them when you see them (unless I get there first!)

My reason for mentioning them now is that I just found the dried beans. They cost ¥31.60 per kg. Soak overnight and then treat as the fresh beans. Although I’ve found that even after a 24 hour soak they take more like 90 minutes to cook.

Dried ‘peanut’ beans

I’ve used both the fresh and dried beans with curries, rice ‘n beans and bean purées. Don’t forget the garlic!

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2 Responses to “Friday Food 156 – “Peanut” Beans”

  1. Ray Ducray Says:

    Oh those dried beans with onion, tomato, garlic and the smoked pork !! Excellent stuff !!

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    The fresh ones are even better.

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