Every once in a blue moon my local grocery store gets yard long beans. They sell them wrapped up like fresh spagetti in a bundle. Almost all of the recipes I have seen for these beans include some ground pork. I was already making a chicken dish and didn't have any pork in the house so I just omitted it. I will include it here in the recipe and you can decide for yourself whether or not to use it.
Yard Long Beans with Garlic
1 pd (500g) Long Beans, washed and cut into 2" long pieces
1/4 tsp (1ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2ml) sugar
1 TBS (15ml) dark soy sauce
1 TBS (15ml) Chinese RIce Wine like Shaoxing or dry sherry
2 TBS (30ml) water
2 TBS (30ml) peanut or canola oil
2 medium scallion or green onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3 medium cloves of garlic, minced
2 oz (56g) ground pork
Bring water to boil in a large saucepan. Add the beans and cook for approx 1 minute, drain and rinse with cold water.
IN a small bowl combine the salt, sugar, soy sauce, rice wine.
Heat wok or large saute pan to high and ad the oil. Add the scallion/green onion and the garlic and stir fry for 5 seconds, add the ground pork (if using) and fry for 1 - 2 minutes. Pour the sauce into the pan. add the beans and cook for 2 minutes more until heated.