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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Cucumbers, romaine lettuce and bean sprouts add crunch. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Tangy, Bright and So Very Light," 16 Aug. 2019 An aromatic pork and shrimp broth holds slick rice noodles and crisp bean sprouts, and it gets topped with silky poached fish, a garlicky shrimp and egg stir-fry and refreshing cucumbers and herbs. Los Angeles Times, "Bún Cá Kiên Giang: Vietnamese Fish and Shrimp Rice Noodle Soup," 21 Aug. 2019 Laksa — the iconic Malaysian soup that takes many forms — is done here as a rich and fragrant coconut and lemongrass broth with noodles, seafood and bean sprouts. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Once chilled, toss the noodles with bean sprouts, cucumbers, carrots and cilantro. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "Too hot to cook? This cold sesame soba dish and harissa shrimp salad are our go-to summer dinners," 10 July 2019 Serve burgers on lettuce wraps, topped with sriracha mayonnaise, carrot, bean sprouts, and radishes. Washington Post, "You won’t miss the meat in these rice and edamame burgers," 24 June 2019 Toss together the salad greens, cucumber slices, carrot and bean sprouts in a serving bowl. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "Fire up your summer with recipes from the season’s new grilling cookbooks," 24 June 2019 Add fresh bean sprouts and blanch 1 to 2 minutes; remove to a bowl of ice water or run under cold water. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Fresh salmon gets a lift in this picture-perfect stack," 21 June 2019 The noodles were laid out in a single layer, framed with slices of pork sausage and a mound of bean sprouts and herbs, and sprinkled all over with dark, crisp fried shallots. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "The Art of Banh Cuon, Vietnamese Rice Rolls," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of bean sprouts

1849, in the meaning defined above

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