Stir Fried Green Beans + The Slanted Door Cookbook Review


Charles Phan is an award-winning chef and owner of the famed restaurant in San Francisco, The Slanted Door, a modern Vietnamese cuisine. In October, he published his second cookbook, The Slanted Door, which offers one hundred recipes of modern Vietnamese cuisine, cocktails, and desserts. The drink section alone has 20 libations that will tantalize your tastebuds. Keep in mind, if you are looking for authentic home cook Vietnamese recipes, this book might not be for you. The drinks and desserts are not true Vietnamese food, but the modern esthetics of his restaurant and modern Vietnamese food complements each other in the evolving restaurant “it” scene. 


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The Slanted Door cookbook is one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve ever read. The pictures are irresistible and captivating. It makes me want to recreate all of his recipes. The first recipe I tried from the cookbook was the Stir Fried Green Beans, which happened to be Phan’s first stir-fry recipe he ever made at The Slanted Door. It’s a very simple recipe and the sugar caramelizes into a wonderful glaze for the green beans. Make sure you cook quick because you don’t want to burn the garlic.

The sugary glaze will reduced and caramelized the green beans. One major tip is to use a good quality fish sauce like Red Boat.


Stir occasionally to keep the garlic from toasting too dark. After 5 to 8 minutes, the green beans will start to wilt and slightly char. The recipe will go well with jasmine rice or accompany the green beans with meat dishes.


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Stir Fried Green Beans

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 8-10 minutes

Total Time: 13-15 minutes

Stir fried green beans is a simple recipe to make as an appetizer or side dish. The garlicky green beans is coated with a carmelized sauce made with sugar, sake, and fish sauce.


4 cups green beans, cut into 2 inches long
1/4 cup canola oil
6 garlic cloves, sliced thin
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1/4 cup sake


1. In a wok on medium-high heat, add 1/4 cup of canola oil. Let it heat for about 30 seconds, and add 6 garlic cloves. Stir quickly for another 30 seconds. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons coconut sugar in the wok and stir for a minute.

2. Add 1 1/2 fish sauce, 1/4 cup sake, and 4 cups green beans. Stir-fry until the green beans is well-coated with the sauce. Lower the heat to simmer, and cook until the sauce is caramelized for about 5-8 minutes minutes.

3. Stir occasionally until the green beans are slightly wilted.

4. Serve immediately.

Recipe Source:
dang that's delicious

Recipe adapted by Stir-Fried Green Beans in The Slanted Door by Charles Phan


Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All of my opinions are my own. Some links are affiliated links. 

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6 Responses to “Stir Fried Green Beans + The Slanted Door Cookbook Review”

  1. So gooooooood!


  2. I LOVE these green beans! I’ve rarely met a green bean that I didn’t like, but this recipe is amazing!


    • Donna — November 15th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      Thank you Jess!


  3. Donna – beautiful green beans! Lately I’ve been just steaming them and tossing with some olive oil, salt and pepper. This looks simple and with lots of flavor. Can’t wait to try.


    • Donna — November 15th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      Thank you! Lots of flavor with just little ingredients. :)



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