Stir Fried Bell Peppers with Ginger

Bell peppers are super cheap in the South Island these days, about $3/Kg! In a month they’ll be selling at $3 each! Stir frying them with thinly sliced beef or garlics are common dishes in Taiwan, but I tried them with ginger the other day and it was really nice!

What you’ll need:

  • 3-4 Bell Peppers
  • 1-2 cm piece of ginger, very finely sliced into very fine match sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of semi-dried pickled black beans (use a tablespoon of soy sauce if you can’t find these, or just leave out)
  • 1 tablespoon of dark sesame oil or other vegetable oil
  • salt to taste

What to do:

  1. Core the bell peppers, cut in half lengthways, then slice cross-wise into half rings about 3mm thick.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan and add ginger and black beans if you are using them. Stir fry until fragrant, and gingers are golden and shrivelled.
  3. Turn the heat up to high. If you are using soy sauce instead of black beans, add them now.
  4. Add bell peppers. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes until the peppers have a shin on them and softened, but still have a little crunch.
  5. Add salt to taste and serve as a side dish.

This is a wonderful steaming side dish served with rice, perfect for the cooler nights these days.


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