Bean Sprouts with Fried Garlic

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Mung bean sprouts or bean sprouts is a favourite healthy vegetarian option which is often paired with Hainanese chicken rice. Drizzle some soy sauce mixture and fried garlic on blanched bean sprouts for a simple meal.

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 5 mins


Sauteed Bean Sprouts, Bean Sprouts Chinese Style

Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Indonesian, Bruneian

Nutrition per Serving

207 kcal
17 g
14 g
7 g

Bean sprouts are usually used as accompanying ingredients in many Asian dishes especially noodles. They are low in calories yet rich in Vitamin C. Vietnamese cuisine uses bean sprouts generously in their dishes like Pho, for example. They are usually served raw. However, in Malaysia, bean sprouts are normally served lightly cooked.

Blanching bean sprouts

The cooking process is pretty quick as bean sprouts can also be eaten raw. This recipe calls for the blanching of the bean sprouts for about 60 seconds to maintain its crunchiness. Subsequently, preparing the accompanying sauce requires no more than a minute.

Should the roots be removed?

However, I am a little picky when preparing bean sprouts. The roots and beans of the bean sprouts need to be removed. This will take a bit of time but it is well worth the effort as the dish would be clean and looks more presentable. It is highly important to clean bean sprouts well as they can be very easily contaminated. Hence, cleaning and cooking them reduce the risk of contamination.

How to serve bean sprouts?

Small bits of fried salted fish, scallions and slices of fresh red chilies are used as garnishing and to enhance the taste. It definitely adds more flavour to the dish besides making it more appetizing. In this recipe, bean sprouts are served with a sprinkle of fried garlic. This dish is also served as an accompaniment with Hainanese chicken rice.


2 tbsp
garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 tbsp
2 tbsp
light soy sauce
3 tbsp
1⁄4 tsp
white pepper
400 ml
400 g
bean sprouts

Steps to Prepare

Bean Sprouts with Fried Garlic Step 1

Step 1 of 3

    • 2 tbsp oil
    • 1 garlic clove(s)

Heat oil over medium heat. Mince garlic and sauté them until golden brown. Remove from oil and set aside.

Bean Sprouts with Fried Garlic Step 2

Step 2 of 3

    • 1⁄2 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
    • 3 tbsp water
    • 1⁄4 tsp white pepper

Pour soy sauce, sugar, water and white pepper into a pan. Cook mixture over low heat until sugar dissolves. Set gravy aside.

Bean Sprouts with Fried Garlic Step 3

Step 3 of 3

    • 400 ml water
    • 400 g bean sprouts

Using the same pan, boil water to blanch bean sprouts for about 60 seconds. Dish them out and pour gravy onto them. Garnish with fried garlic.

Published: May 8, 2017

2 Discussions

a year ago


Hi Grace! Just wondering where is the stir fry element in this recipe? As I noted the bean sprouts were blanched. 😊

a year ago


Opps, sharp eyes ;) Edited the title!

a year ago


Haha! Actually you could do a stir fry version but the control of fire will be a challenge, isn’t it? Anyway, I tried your recipe and added a little salted fish! Thanks for this simple and yet delicious dish! 👍

a year ago


Welcome :D Yes, stir fry is also possible. Simply increase the heat to the highest. That would cook the bean sprouts very quickly and you'll have a delicious plate of stir-fried bean sprouts.

a year ago


Hi Grace, may I kindly ask what brand of soy sauce did you use for this recipe? Thank you for sharing 😊🙏🏻

a year ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Hello Jan, you can use any soy sauce brand. We generally don't endorse brands where we do not have full understanding of their production process. But we have a guide for choosing light soy sauce that is suitable for this recipe:

10 months ago


Thank you Mira, for your kind reply and for providing the link. Happy New Year to you too. Kind regards, Janice

6 months ago

Matt Malay

Yum. Thanks for the blanch tip, I have also used salted fish and garnish with spring onions. Your videos lessons are stimulating. Thank you. MattMalay

6 months ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Salted fish over bean sprouts sounds wonderful. Show us a food snap!

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