Ants Climbing Trees

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READY IN: 25mins
Recipe by Baz231

From "Food of the World" cookbook. The unusual name of this spicy Szechuan dish is supposed to come from the fact that it bears a resemblance to ants climbing trees, with little pieces of minced pork coating lustrous bean thread noodles.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine minced meat with soy sauce, rice wine and sesame oil. Soak the bean thread noodles in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat, add oil and hear until very hot. Stir fry the minced meat, mashing and separating it, until it changes colour and starts to brown.
  3. Push the meat to the side of the wok, add the spring onion, ginger, garlic and the chilli paste and stir fry for 5 seconds, or until fragrant. Return the meat to the centre of the pan.
  4. To make the sauce, combine all the ingredients. Add the sauce to the meat mixture and toss lightly. Add the noodles and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 8 minutes, or until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
  5. Sprinkle with the extra spring onion to serve.

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