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Kacang Panjang Kecap - Indonesian Green Beans in Sweet Soy
from: Safia

This is a simple but delicious Indonesian recipe for French / green beans. It goes perfectly with Nasi Kuning (festive yellow rice). This recipe comes from 'Recipes from our Thai kitchen'.


  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb French style green bean, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3-5 fresh Thai red chili peppers, halved lengthways & deseeded
  • 3 tablespoons ketjap manis (kecap manis, Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 1 fresh tomato, deseeded and cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon fried shallot
  • salt, to taste

Put garlic, fresh shallots, and 2 tablespoons water into a mortar and pestle and smash into a smooth paste. Set aside.

Heat oil in a wok over medium-low heat. Add paste and cook, stirring, about 8 minutes. Add beans and chiles, stir to combine.

Add kecap manis and 1/4 cup water, stir to coat. Increase heat to medium high and stir-fry until beans are barely fork tender, 6-8 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook until just wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt to taste and transfer to a large bowl.

Let beans rest for about 10 minutes before serving, to allow flavors to intensify. Garnish with generous amount of fried shallots, and serve with festive yellow rice. Enjoy!