Mayi Shang Shu

Bean Thread Noodles with Pork

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


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

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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 oz minced pork
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chilli bean suace
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 450 ml/16 fl oz chicken stock


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.

Add the rest of the ingredients and the noodles. Bring the mixture to a simmer, mix well, and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Ladle into a large serving bowl, garnish with the spring onions and serve.


  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions