Last Updated on October 23, 2021 by Chef Mireille
Happy Election Day! The craziness that has been the 2016 US election cycle is FINALLY over! Sometimes, it seemed that it would never end, but now it is time to exercise our civic duty, so go out and vote if you haven’t yet. While you pray and watch for the results, how about indulging in this delicious Suriname Style Vegetable Saute.
Suriname, a country many people have never even heard of, is where my grandfather is from and where much of my family still lives. It is one of the most diverse countries on the planet with large communities of Indonesian, Indian, Chinese and African descendants.
My family clearly represents this diversity. Within three generations of my family, I have all of these cultures included. This Surinamese Style Vegetable Saute is the most common ways we cook vegetables at home. I first learned this method of preparation from the Indonesian Surinamese part of my family.
When I am not trying to develop a new recipe and cooking for myself at home, this is the most common way I prepare vegetables. Any vegetables can be used but some of the most common vegetables in Suriname are long beans (aka kauseband), bok choy, water spinach and bitter melon (aka karela).
Although located in South America, Suriname formerly known as Dutch Guyana, is culturally and economically a Caribbean country part of CARICOM, just like the more well known country of Guyana. Its a country with a rich culture and a rich ecosystem, including part of the Amazon. If you are a nature buzz, I would definitely suggest a visit to Suriname.
How to make Suriname Style Stir Fry Vegetables
With rice and sambal, you can even make this into a meal on its own, instead of just a side dish. So go ahead and try it. I am sure you will love it!
Suriname Style Green Beans Stir Fry with Bok Choy
- 3 Asian shallots thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 2 dried chinese sausage
- 1 tablespoon dried shrimp
- 1/2 lb. green beans
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 cups sliced bok choy
- 2 tablespoons kecap manis sweet soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat oil in saute pan or wok. Add shallots, ginger and garlic. Saute for a few minutes until shallots soften and are translucent.
- Add sausage and saute for 5 minutes.
- Add shrimp, green beans and water. Cook for 5 minutes.
- Add bok choy, kecap manis and ketchup. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until bok choy is cooked.
- Add cilantro, salt and pepper. Stir to combine
- Serve with rice and sambal.
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