Sitaw is a very common local variety of green beans that can be found in most public markets in the Philippines. It's called yardlong or snake beans here in the US. I think I would much rather go with the name yard long beans :-) In Manila, we love this in mixed vegetable dishes and also cooked adobo style with vinegar, lots of garlic and a little soy sauce.
|a bunch of fresh sitaw from the market|
One of my favorite ways to cook them is with ground beef (shown above). Like some of the simplest Filipino vegetable dishes, it starts with browning the ground beef in a little oil or pork fat with the basic trio of minced garlic, thinly sliced onions and tomatoes. I cut the sitaw and steamed them for a few minutes or until they turn bright green in color. The seasonings may vary depending on taste and preference. I personally like to use fish sauce instead of salt in this particular dish. A little soy sauce or salt may always be substituted along with a sprinkling of ground black pepper. The final step is to just mix in the steamed sitaw with the cooked ground beef.