Ants Creeping on the Trees (Vermicelli & Minced Pork or Beef

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is an incredibly easy, tasty and inexpensive dish. The name comes from the ground pork looking like ants mixed in with the vermicelli which looks like tree branches.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 ounces vermicelli
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 12 lb pork (pork is more traditional) or 12 lb beef, minced (pork is more traditional)
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste with garlic
  • 12 cup chicken stock


  1. Soak the vermicelli in enough boiling water to cover it.
  2. Let stand 20 minutes.
  3. Drain.
  4. Divide into thirds.
  5. Set Aside.
  6. Heat oil in wok to 400°F.
  7. Stir Fry the meat in the oil for about 1 minute (May be prepared in advance to this point).
  8. Add vermicelli, and mix well.
  9. Add the remaining ingredients, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.


Most Helpful

Very nice, very easy recipe. Made this for lunch today for me and the kids and we all enjoyed it.

evelyn/athens August 02, 2006

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