Green Beans with Sesame and Garlic

with many thanks to kfan and his mom

1 lb green beans, washed and trimmed
olive oil
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 T sesame seeds
sesame oil
tamari
chopped ginger (optional)

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water. Boil the beans for about 4 minutes. Transfer beans via slotted spoon to ice water. Drain and dry beans. Heat some olive oil in a large wok or pan. Add the beans and the sesame seeds and some tamari. Stir-fry over high heat, occasionally pressing the beans down with the spatula to char them. Remove from heat and put in a bowl. Heat some sesame oil and saute the garlic (and ginger) with some tamari, until soft. Remove from heat and pour over the beans.

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