豆瓣菌菇炒虾仁 Broad Beans and Mushrooms with Shrimp
Pinyin: dòu bàn jūn gū chǒu xiā rén
We started eating fava beans around 6000 B.C. and over time they spread around the world and most cultures use them in one fashion or another. The beans don’t climb like most other beans and they can stay in the ground over winter. Fava beans are thought to have some ability to prevent malaria, but are one of the foods that should be avoided for people taking MAOI’s. Probably the most awesome thing about fava beans is Hannibal Lecter enjoyed them with the liver of a census worker in the Silence of the Lambs.
This dish is a simple pleasing homestyle entree. Flavored with little more than salt and a few slices of ginger the beans are the predominant flavor, the mushrooms and the shrimp serve as a supporting cast. The beans are similar to peas in texture, but they are far less sweet than most peas and with their own unique bean flavor.