bean sprouts

plural noun

Definition of bean sprouts

: the sprouts of bean seeds especially of the mung bean used as a vegetable

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The effort is rewarded with savory-sweet kway teow (rice noodles) stir-fried with egg, bean sprouts, Chinese sausage and dark soy sauce from a stall called Fried Koay Teow. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 Final assembly: Add par-fried rice to the shrimp mixture, along with fresh and dried basil, Maggi brand seasoning, sesame oil, beaten egg and bean sprouts. Debbi Snook,, "Leftover Easter ham recipes: Soup, salad, stir fry, ham loaf," 28 Mar. 2018 Boat noodles are a specialty: Choose among rice, egg, or flat noodles in a pungent swirl of meatballs, pork rinds, bean sprouts, water spinach (known as morning glory), and beef or pork, topped with cilantro or scallions. Kara Baskin,, "Quick Bite: Dakzen near Davis Square for Bangkok-style street food," 5 July 2018 Add bean sprouts and bell pepper, stir everything together, top with fried garlic, if using, and serve. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breakfast in bed? These dads would rather be in the kitchen," 12 June 2018 Make slaw: Combine cabbage, carrot, bean sprouts, snap peas and green onion. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A better wurst? Organic Wisconsin brats are ready for your summer grill," 22 May 2018 In 2017, Fullei Fresh sold more than 2 million pounds of bean sprouts and over 200,000 pounds of alfalfa sprouts. Joseph A. Mann Jr., miamiherald, "Fullei Fresh puts sprouts on your table | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 And the pad woon sen, sauteed glass noodles with egg, cabbage, carrots, green onions and bean sprouts, eschewed the ostensible mush factor, toeing the line between luscious and light. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "It's difficult to choose a favorite dish at the impressive Thai Orange | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018 Also, all these foods were supposed to be held at 41 degrees or less: bean sprouts (found at 89 degrees); cut lettuce (87 degrees); cooked rice (89 degrees); raw beef (47 degrees); raw chicken (50 degrees). David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Roach poop on walls and roaches in traps under food prep tables get restaurants cited | Miami Herald," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bean sprouts

1849, in the meaning defined above

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