Stocking your pantry with ginger and garlic will enable you to make many recipes with Asian flavors.From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the oil, ginger, and minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Raise the heat to medium-high, add the beans and sliced garlic, and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add 1/4 cup water to the pan. Cook for another 4 minutes, partially covered. With 1 minute left, add the soy sauce and sesame oil and swirl around the pan to form a glazy sauce.