Star-Anised Fava Beans


Preparation info
  • Serves

    2 to 4

    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Irene Kuo

Published 1977

  • About

Reddish brown and glistening, the beans have that rich, sweet mellowness of red-cooking ingredients. Their texture is softer and mealier than that produced in the stir-fried recipe.


  • 2 cups sprouted fava beans
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons


Heat a wok or large, heavy skillet over high heat until hot; add the oil, swirl, and heat for 30 seconds. Toss in the beans and stir them briskly for 10 seconds. Then add the soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, the star anise, and the water, and stir to mingle. When the liquid boils, adjust heat t