Mayi Shang Shu

Bean Thread Noodles with Pork

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as Part of a Chinese Meal, or 2 as a Single Dish.
    • Difficulty


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By Ken Hom

Published 1990

  • About

This classic Sichuan family dish has the rather fanciful name of “Ants Climbing a Tree”. When mixed with bean thread noodles, the ground pork is said to look like ants climbing a tree. It is excellent, and made in minutes.


  • 125 g/4 oz dried bean thread noodles
  • 225 g/8


Soak the noodles in. a large bowl of warm water for 15 minutes. When they are soft, drain them and discard the water. Combine the meat with the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, and sesame oil.

Heat a wok or large frying pan until hot. Add the peanut oil and meat mixture. Stir-fry the mixture for 2 minutes.Then add the ginger, garlic, and onions and continue to stir-fry for 2 minutes.