¼cupchopped peanuts to servesalted or not, optional
Mix together the soy sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl.
Heat the oil in a large skillet with a lid. Add the lemon grass and shallots and sauté for 3 minutes until they begin to soften. Add the green beans, season with salt (lightly!) and pepper and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the ginger and garlic stir for one more minute. Stir the soy sauce mixture again and add it to the pan. Cover the pan and steam and simmer for 3 more minutes, until the green beans are crisp tender. Remove the lid and stir for another minute or two until most of the liquid has been absorbed, and the beans are just tender and glazed with the sauce. Sprinkle with the peanuts, if using, and serve hot or warm.