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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish

I try not to create recipes using strange Asian ingredients that you all might be intimidated in trying, but there are exceptions. No, don’t worry, I won’t be having you ask for soy sauce duck tongue (a delicious Taiwanese beer snack!) or ancient Chinese bitter herbal remedies (blech!)

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish

This recipe calls for Chinese Salted Radish or also called Chinese Preserved Radish, is a turnip that has been salted heavily to preserve like a pickle or sauerkraut. The radish adds a distinctive crunch, umami – a salty/savory flavor to any dish.

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish

Usually, it’s minced finely and added to stir-fries, omelets or used as a topping for Chinese congee (rice porridge). You’ll find the Chinese Preserved Radish at Asian markets, packaged in a plastic pouch or tub. Here’s a photo of the package.

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish

If you can’t find the Chinese style of preserved radish, try looking for the more popular Japanese and Korean style, which is eaten raw like a pickle. While this is a different style of radish, it will provide the same crunch and saltiness to your dish.

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish

A tip to using Chinese preserved radish is to mince very finely. The radish is very salty, and only a couple of tablespoons minced is all you’ll need for the dish. If your radish is extremely salty, you can soak it in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain to get rid of some of it’s saltiness.

Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish


Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry Recipe Video



Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry

Servings: 4-6 servings Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Green Bean Stir Fry with Chicken and Preserved Radish Recipe


1 pound green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons Chinese minced preserved salted radish
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1/2 pound ground chicken
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil


In a large wok or pan with a lid, add one inch of water and bring to a boil (steaming rack optional). Add the green beans and cover. Steam until green beans have turned bright green and are crunchy-tender, about 5 minutes. Remove and drain the green beans and set aside. Discard the remaining water in the wok and dry the wok thoroughly.

Over high heat, add cooking oil to the wok. When hot, add ground chicken and stir fry until cooked through. Add the Chinese radish and garlic and stir fry for one minute or just until garlic is fragrant. Add the cooked green beans, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir fry for another minute. Serve immediately.



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21 Responses to “Green Beans with Chinese Preserved Radish Stir Fry”

  1. I rarely make it to Asian markets, they are hard to find :\ But maybe I could find a good sub… green beans are practically the only green food my bf will eat!

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  3. Christina — 3/26/13 @ 9:27 pm

    This looks wonderful! Now we need a recipe for Chinese minced preserved salted radish. Yea!

  4. Yeb — 3/26/13 @ 9:42 pm

    Yum, I love minced preserved salted radish, but I love even more is how simple this recipe is!

  5. Eileen Thai — 3/26/13 @ 9:57 pm

    When we were running our Thai restaurants in Boston, we used preserved radish (or turnip) in our popular Pad Thai dish, so it’s not “new” to Americans. The ingredient can be found on many dim sum recipes, like daikon or taro cake.

  6. Kelly — 3/27/13 @ 9:54 am

    Wow this recipe looks incredible! :)

  7. I am just learning about Asian cooking and honestly don’t even know where to start! lol I have never heard of that ingredient but I’ll look for it when I go to the Asian market..this looks easy enough to make :)

  8. I love that green beans are the star in this dish, because they have earned their place as a nutritious, colorful, and delicious vegetable. I love this idea, and will be happy to serve this stir fry to my family. Happy Easter!

  9. Chris — 3/29/13 @ 5:21 pm

    I think Sunrise Market will have the radish but I am NOT asking them about the duck tongue thingy, I don’t care if you do tease us with the “beer snack” line ;)

  10. Stephanie — 3/30/13 @ 2:59 am

    I love when you do this Jaden – take something I’ve eaten a thousand times in restaurants and make it utterly simple and clear. I grew up in cities with large Asian populations, so these foods are familiar in taste and appearance but my Southern heritage included no instinct for how to buy the ingredients. Thank you! As much a revelation as your post on teriyaki sauce over salmon. :)

  11. Lawrence — 3/30/13 @ 6:57 pm

    I love Asian food but always struggle to find ingredients that suit. The result is usually disappointing so thank you so much for this post.

  12. This dish looks so delicious! We always have preserved radishes on hand too. Thank you for sharing a new way to add these to this dish:)

  13. MyLittleThai — 4/19/13 @ 8:56 am

    This looks really nice! Also it looks similar to Pad Ka-Prao… Love your videos :)

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  16. angelitacarmelita — 7/16/13 @ 8:39 am

    Bonus! Not only am I lucky enough to have 3 Asian markets within 6 miles of my house (!!!), but I found the exact packages of salted radish at one of them, AND I went to a friends farm on Saturday and picked several pounds of green beans… I see this recipe happening this week… yeah me!

  17. Recipe Hunter — 7/23/13 @ 11:12 am

    Love this recipe. When i don’t have minced meat, i alternate it with eggs, lap cheong (chinese sausages) and preserved radish. Goes quite well too.

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  20. Priscilla Udave — 11/30/13 @ 2:37 am

    The bottle used is actually not soy sauce, it is “seasoning sauce” brand is Golden Mountain, and actually that is totally different than soy sauce. It is a good base for stir frys but again it is “Seasoning Sauce” not soy sauce. http://importfood.com/sagm0705.html i listed link on where to buy it online. .alsoe you can find this at any asian grocery store.

  21. Dede — 8/23/14 @ 9:51 am

    Dumb question, but once I open the package of radishes how do I save them after? I need such a small amount and the package is quite big. Do I need to refrigerate/freeze and for how long are they good?

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