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Stir-fry Winged Beans

Stir-fry Winged Beans Recipe

In this recipe, the cooked winged beans will have a nice tender and crunchy bite. If you prefer to eat soft winged beans, increase the steaming time accordingly.

Check out the ingredients, step-by-step photos and more tips on the previous page.


  • 100g winged beans (四角豆)
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 thinly sliced ginger finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp oyster sauce
  • light dash of salt & pepper blend (or a pinch of salt + 2 dashes of white pepper) to taste; see note below
  • 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp Chinese wine optional
  • 1 tsp pure sesame oil optional


  1. Prepare winged beans. Trim and snip both ends of each winged bean. Cut each winged bean to 5-7 sections diagonally, depending on the length of each winged bean.
  2. Fry aromatics. Heat oil in a wok pan. Fry garlic and ginger briskly until fragrant.
  3. Cook winged beans. Add cut winged beans, oyster sauce, salt & pepper. Stir fry quickly until the winged beans are just softened. Add water and cover with lid. Let the contents steam for about a minute, or until the winged beans are tender but still crunchy.
  4. Optional finishing touches. Add Chinese wine and turn off the stove when you smell the alcohol evaporating (few seconds). Drizzle sesame oil over the contents and the dish is done!

Cooking Notes:

  1. I used a salt & pepper blend to improve the taste of my stir-fries. You can also omit the salt & pepper and season to taste with a bit more oyster sauce, to taste. You can also use soy sauce, seasoning powder etc.
  2. My mum like to cut her winged beans to 2-3 large sections, while my aunt cut hers to smaller sections like in this recipe. It’s up to your preference how big or small you like to cut the winged beans.
  3. For a spicy kick, add a small dollop of sambal belachan and a cut red chilli to the stir-fry.


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2 comments on “Stir-fry Winged Beans”

  1. What a cool looking veggie! I have never had or seen them over here… I love stirfried veggies with lots of ginger and garlic too.

  2. Once again, you are making me very GIAN ! Aiya, you know the feeling of can see but cannot eat (or cannot get) :o

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