These green beans obviously go best with asian food, but they are so good we make them this way even if we aren't having asian!
1 Tablespoon peanut oil
1⁄2 lb green beans
1 Tablespoon (generous) finely chopped ginger
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
Bring a pot of well salted water to a boil and add the green beans until bright green and just tender - about 2 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. The green beans can be made a few hours ahead and kept in the refrigerator. Heat the peanut oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. When hot add the ginger and garlic and cook until fragrant - about 1 minute. Add the green beans and soy sauce and stir fry for several minutes, until the green beans are hot. Serve immediately.
Adapted from The New York Times, Recipe: String Beans with Ginger and Garlic
November 15, 2006