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French Beans with Spicy Dried Shrimps

French beans with Spicy Dried Shrimps
French Beans with Spicy Dried Shrimps (Hay Bee Hiam)

This is a tasty and easy to whip up stir fry dish – perfect for busy nights where I decided to cook, yet there isn’t much time to do anything too elaborate. This goes really well with fluffy white warm rice!

(Serves 2)


– 200g French Beans
– 1 to 2 chilli padi, de-seeded, sliced
– 2 tbsp dried shrimps (aka ‘Hei Bi’), soaked in a small bowl of water till slightly softened, then drain the water
– 1 tbsp chopped garlic
– 1 tbsp olive oil


'Hei Bi Hiam'

1. Using either a grinder or just a kitchen knife & chopping board, chop the chilli and dried shrimps until fine (see photo above).
2. Align the french beans vertically on the chopping board so that their ends stand on the same height & trim the ends. Ditto for the other side. Then cut the beans to approx. 1-2cm lengths.
3. Heat oil in wok and stir fry the chopped dried shrimps & chilli, as well as garlic, till dried shrimps are light brown.
4. Add the french beans in the wok and stir fry over medium high fire for approximately 5 minutes till the beans are cooked and the dried shrimps turn a dark brownish hue. Serve with fluffy warm rice.

Other French Bean Stir-Fry Recipes:

French Beans with Egg
French Beans in Pine Nuts & Mangoes

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16 Responses to “French Beans with Spicy Dried Shrimps”

  1. Kalyn — May 13, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    I do hope you’re feeling better. I hate being sick!

    The beans sound delicious. I’ve seen dried shrimp at the Asian market, but haven’t cooked with them, but this sounds interesting.


  2. Ling — May 13, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

    Hope you get well soon! Ah, your this dish reminds me that my Mum haven’t cook this for a long long time. Gotta remind her to cook this for dinner next time. ;)


  3. wiffy — May 14, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    Thanks for the comments and well wishes, I’m feeling so much better :up:

    – Look forward to seeing emoticons on your blog. Hee, so we have the same (good) taste for placemats! :halo:

    Susan – I think they are just dried, I don’t think they are salted or fermented. You can find them quite easily at Asian supermarket/grocery stores, I think :-)

    tigerfish: sometimes I do the same too when I want to get rid of extra eggs in the fridge, keke…

    Ling: Hi girl! I was just thinking of u the other day. Gonna email u some hamster photos when I sort them out, heh


  4. Su-Lin — May 21, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    That looks delicious – I can imagine the spicy prawns would go well with kangkong!


  5. iris — October 22, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    are french beans the same as long beans at ntuc? i’m confused..i remembered my mom used a greener long beans for this dish, but the long beans i’m using is of lighter green. Couldn’t ask her alr, cos she’s no longer ard…


    • wiffy replied: — October 27th, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

      hi iris, they are not the same but you can use long beans for this recipe too. I think your mum used long beans, I have seen greener ones around, maybe different supplier.