Scrumptious Seafood: Sambal Beans (with Prawns)

Photo: Richard Yusushi Li, Hideaki Anzai (Home Away From Home)

Recently, we had the Japanese Community Volunteer Association (Tonari¬†Gumi)¬†come to¬†help us celebrate Culture Days. To promote their Japanese cookbook of traditional recipes, they offered samples of food made from recipes featured in their book. As I am a food lover, I greedily tried each sample, and they were delicious. Today’s recipe, from Tonari¬†Gumi’s Home Away From Home, requires two of my favourite ingredients: prawns and green beans. Enjoy!

Sambal Beans:


  • 2 lbs. green beans
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. peeled prawns (optional)


  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tbsp. black bean sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. miso
  • 2 tbsp. oyster sauce
  • ¬ľ cup soya sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil


  1. Put sauce ingredients into a food processor and mix until creamy.
  2. Cut beans in half and fry in vegetable oil over high heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. If using prawns, add and cook for an additional 1 or 2 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Add sauce and cook again for another 2 or 3 minutes. Serve Hot.

If using prawns, a sustainable option local spot prawns.

Home Away From Home cookbook is available in the Cannery gift shop and would make a perfect holiday gift!




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