Winged Bean Salad Recipe

This superb winged bean salad is super simple, and the only cooking involved is the browning of the shallots and chilli! The lime juice kind of pickles and softens the beans, so they should be cut super thin. Like paper-thin enough to put on a microscope slide. You’ll love the burst of contrasting flavours from the savoury moreishness of the dried shrimps, the tang of the lime juice, and the spiciness from the chillies.
This vegetable, also known as kacang botol, or four-angled bean, is unique to South-East Asia even though it can be grown in similar climates. It is very common among Malay or Peranakan cuisines. It looks like a green skinny starfruit. The vegetable looks like a four-pointed star when you cross-cut it. Here’s a tip for buying them: get it only when fresh and bright, they don’t last long. They are a delightful morsel to your taste buds when you find bouncy feathery beans. The winged bean salad has a crunchy texture and tastes great raw. You can blanch the beans if you prefer a less raw, grassy taste. It complements all kinds of Asian food, from heavy earthy dishes like curries or rendang to light porridge or soup noodles.
If you can’t get winged beans where you are, they can be substituted with green beans or snap peas.
This is in the vegetarian category but it does contain dried shrimp. That is optional and can be replaced with some mushroom floss and brown rice crackers for a vegetarian substitute.

Winged Bean Salad Recipe


Serves: 5                Time: 15 mins

Ingredients :

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 5 shallot bulbs, sliced

  • 2 red chilli, sliced

  • 400g winged beans, blanched

  • 2 tbsp dried shrimps, blended (omit for vegetarian recipe)

  • 4 tbsp lime juice

  • 2 tbsp peanuts
  •  Salt, to taste

Preparation :

1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and sauté shallot bulbs and red chillies until fragrant.

2. Remove from heat. Add winged beans and dried shrimps then stir well.

3. Season with lime juice, peanuts and salt to taste.

 Nutritional Facts:

Per serving: 70 calories; 4 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein

Carbohydrate Servings: 0