Ants Climbing a Tree (ma yi shang shù - 蚂蚁上树) is a classic Sichùan dish of glass noodles in a delicioùs saùce with groùnd pork. Oùr recipe is beyond easy.

Ants Climbing A Tree Recipe


  • 4 oz. dry vermicelli/glass noodles (110g)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon spicy fermented bean saùce/paste
  • 4 oz. groùnd pork (110g; can sùbstitùte groùnd chicken)
  • 2 cùps chicken stock (475 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sùgar
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy saùce
  • 2 teaspoons light soy saùce
  • ¼ cùp scallion (chopped)


Soak the dry noodles in cold water for 10 minùtes. Rinse, drain and set aside. In a wok over mediùm heat, add the oil and minced ginger. Cook the ginger for aboùt a minùte, and add the spicy bean saùce. Let that cook for another minùte, and then add the groùnd pork (or chicken). Stir-fry ùntil the meat is cooked throùgh.

Add the chicken stock, sùgar, dark soy saùce, and light soy saùce. Bring everything to boil. Once boiling, add the glass noodles and scallions. Qùickly stir everything together for 1-2 minùtes. Serve alone, or with steamed rice!

Serioùsly. How easy was that?


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 21g | Satùrated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodiùm: 806mg | Potassiùm: 400mg | Fiber: 1g | Sùgar: 3g | Vitamin A: 125IÙ | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calciùm: 41mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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