From Dad's Thai cookbook.
14 ozs. green beans, topped and tailed (think maybe 4 big handfuls from the grocery store bin)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 red bird's-eye chili, deseeded and chopped (I've tried using chili flakes and it didn't really work... try for the real thing, or perhaps half a jalapeño)
1/2 tsp paprika
1 piece lemon grass stalk, finely minced
2 tsp. either fish sauce or Thai mushroom sauce
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbs oil (your choice)
2 scallions/spring onions/green onions, sliced
1. Cut the beans in half (2 inch pieces) and cook in boiling water for two minutes. Drain well.
2. Make a puree of: garlic, chili, paprika, lemon grass, oyster sauce, and coconut milk (everything but the oil and scallions)
3. Heat the oil to stir fry the scallions over high heat for about a minute. Add the paste and bring to a boil.
4. Simmer for 3 - 4 minutes (it should reduce by approximately half). Add the beans and simmer for 1 - 2 minutes until they're tender. Serve hot.