Are you looking for a quick and easy noodle recipe to make today? Then I have just what you need right over here. Do try out this super savory flat bean stirfry with Japanese udon noodles! A true delight!
And what a delight this one is.
Do you see why? Just imagine it for a second, thick noodles drenched in a silky soft and smooth homemade miso butter sauce! What a fantastic bowl of noodles this is!
But hang on a minute.
Where in the world did I get the idea to make a flat bean stirfry?
And then also one with an Asian twist to it?
Why not, what do you think about it? Well it sure sounds interesting to me! I don’t know if you are all that familiar with flat beans. They are very popular here in Europe, especially in the summer months. Not sure why, because you can find them all year round really.
I’m sure that you know your green beans. But flat beans are a tad different. Well, they are flat to start with. But just as green as green beans. You might know them under a different name though. I call them flat beans but apparently people also call them helda beans, and even romano beans.
Did you know that?
Here in Belgium we call flat beans ‘snijbonen’ in Flemish. In French they are just called ‘haricots verts’ or just green beans.
Here in Belgium we slice the flat beans up very thinly, we even have a special tool just for cutting these flat beans! And then let them cook and braise for a while until the bits of beans are very smooth and tender. I like them most when I add a little touch of mustard or vinegar to them right in the end.
Can’t you find flat beans around where you live?
No worries, regular green beans will also work for this recipe of course! Or sugar snaps, although sugar snaps don’t need to cook for that long to become soft and tender.
As much as I love to prepare flat beans the classic way, this time however I thought I should try something totally different. Perhaps transform them into a lovely Asian flavored bean stirfry with miso and butter.
Flat beans with an Asian twist.
Sounds like a great cooking experiment to me!
Asian Flat Bean Stirfry with Miso Butter
And boy was I right to try out something new.
That salted miso butter sauce is so rich and strong. I love it to bits.
Are you a miso fan as well?
I love it so much that I need to restrain myself from adding miso to lots of dishes. I’m a salty tooth and obviously that doesn’t help. Have you ever cooked with miso before?
I served this flat bean stirfry with miso butter as a vegetable side side for a fillet of blackened cod. And that turned out to be a great combo. But whenever I feel like making this dish without any protein in it or next to it (as a light lunch for instance) then I like to toss in a handful of thick Japanese udon noodles as well.
I’m salivating just by the thought of that miso butter sauce that coats those thick silky Japanese noodles.
What an excellent meal this is!
Do you like to cook with Japanese miso?
Then you should also check out my buttery miso risotto! Which is also an excellent side dish for quail by the way. And here’s yet another recipe with fresh flat beans: how about my squid and flat bean stirfry with saffron! I picked that recipe up in Madrid by the way.
Asian Flat Bean Stirfry Recipe
Looking for a quick and easy noodle recipe? Try this savory flat bean stirfry with udon noodles and a silky soft and smooth miso butter sauce!
- 5,5 oz fresh flat beans (155 g)
- 5,5 oz mushrooms (155 g)
- 7 oz udon noodles (200 g)
- 1 tsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- toasted sesame oil
1) Rinse the flat green beans and pat them dry with some kitchen paper. Then slice them up. Also clean the mushrooms and slice them up.
2) Pour the vegetable oil in a large non-stick pan and place it over medium high heat until hot. Then add the sliced flat beans.
3) Stir and cook them for about 5 minutes. Then add the mushrooms to the pan.
- Stir and cook the vegetables for another 5 minutes. Toss regularly.
4) Then add the udon noodles, butter and miso paste to the pan. Stir and toss the vegetables and noodles until the butter has melted fully.
5) Also add 2 drops of sesame oil, not more or it will kill all the other flavors in this stir fry.
6) Stir the beans and noodles well again and then check the seasoning. Add extra salt to taste if necessary. Then transfer the noodle and bean stirfry to clean plates. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve immediately.