If you are using fresh beans, blanch them for about 2 minutes in boiling water, then drain and place them in cold water. If using frozen beans, thaw them in a colander by running hot water over them. Drain the beans well.
1 lb small fresh green beans, trimmed or frozen small whole green beans (Do not use frozen cut beans for this dish!)
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp unrefined sugar
1 tsp roasted sesame oil
Heat a large wok or heavy skillet over high heat. when it’s hot, add the oil and turn the heat down to medium. Add the garlic and chili flakes and stir fry for a minute. Add the green beans, soy sauce and sugar and turn up the heat to high. Stir fry for 3-5 minutes until the beans are done. Sprinkle with the sesame oil and serve. These beans are also excellent when served at room temperature.