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:
- Core the bell peppers, cut in half lengthways, then slice cross-wise into half rings about 3mm thick.
- 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.
- Turn the heat up to high. If you are using soy sauce instead of black beans, add them now.
- 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.
- 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.