Fresh String Beans
1 1/2 pounds fresh string beans
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon salt or soy sauce (to taste)
toasted sesame seeds
1. Either using a knife or your fingers, remove the ends of the string beans. Rinse lightly. Drain. There should be a little bit of water left in the bowl (about 1 tablespoon).
2. Pour toasted sesame oil over the beans, add soy sauce or salt to taste, and toss the beans in the mixture.
3. Put the beans in a heat-proof dish, and cover with plastic wrap. Steam in the microwave for 3-4 minutes.
4. Remove carefully from the microwave and take off the plastic wrap. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds over the top of the beans, and serve hot or at room temperature.
© Nina Simonds 2008