Quick and easy vegan dish, which is delicious and inexpensive.

I like cooking this French beans dish when I don’t have much time and want something simple and not too rich. It is a light dish. It is served with rice but it can also be served as a soup – you just need to add more coconut milk and water. I would add a little lime juice at the end if I was making it as a soup. Remember to taste your dish and adjust the salt, chilli and coconut milk to your taste. Always start with less as you can built up the flavours.

When frying the shallots, garlic and chilli, don’t use high flame as you may burn the garlic. Add more chillies if you like it hot and you can eliminate it if you want it very mild. Without chillies, it become suitable for children.

Use any other vegetables instead of the french beans such as carrots, cabbage, spinach. You can also have a combination of vegetables. Tofu, mushrooms also works well. Skip the glass noodles if you don’t have as it  does not change the flavour but adds texture.

It is both a main and side dish because you can have on its own with rice as your main meal. It becomes a side dish when you serve it with several other dishes with rice.

Malay cuisine
easy french beans recipe

French Beans In Coconut Milk Gravy

Serves 2

Malay food
French beans in coconut milk


2 tbsp oil

2 shallots, sliced

2 garlic, sliced

1 -2 red chilli, sliced

1 -2 green chilli, sliced

1 lemongrass, bruised

150g French beans, sliced diagonally to 1 inch lengthwise

20g tung hoon (glass noodles), soak in hot water until soft

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup water

1-2 tsp salt


  1. Heat oil in a wok on medium heat and fry the shallot, garlic, red and green chilli and lemongrass until fragrant, about 3 mins.
  2. Add the French beans and fry for 3 mins, followed by tung hoon and fry for 1 min.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk, water and salt and bring it to a simmer. Once beans are cooked,  and turn off heat. Seve with rice and your favourite sambal for a little bit of kick!.

Ruqxana Vasanwala

Hi! I’m Ruqxana. Food Docent. Cat Lover. Personal Chef. Food Sorceress at Cookery Magic. And your teacher when I see you in class! 🙂

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