Have you ever seen a bean with wings? Or wings with a bean? No? Well then, I am very pleased to introduce you to the fabulous Winged Bean 翼豆! We discovered these strange beans in the wet market the other day. So funny looking with four little wing like corners on each bean. Never seen them before but the vegetable lady assured us that they were quite delicious. Excited as always to try a new veggie, we scooped up a bag full to take home. True to the vegetable lady's advice a very simply prepared Winged Bean Stir Fry was delicious: kissed with fragrant garlic, these stir fried beans were tender yet still lightly crunch with a sweet light flavor reminiscent of green peas and snow peas
The winged bean is also known as cigarillas, goa bean, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, manila bean, princess bean, asparagus bean and dragon bean. So many names! I think that is because this plant is cultivated in so many different places. Did you know that this little bean with wings is considered something of a super food? All its parts from flowers to leaves to pod to root and seeds can be eaten and it is a virtual supermarket of goodness providing a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals all in one go.
Following our veggie lady's suggestion we prepared some freshly minced garlic. It's a wonder what the simple addition of garlic can do for a dish. Team Garlic, score!!
The prep for the winged bean is super simple. Wash. Snap of the stem. Slice to size desired, in this case we sliced each bean into thirds for the stir fry. Ready to stir fry!
By the way these winged beans are yummy raw as well. Slice em up thin and toss in a salad for some crunchy goodness.