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Ants climbing a tree

Ants Climbing a Tree

Ants in your food! Try my super easy, economical and delicious Ants Climbing a Tree for your next family dinner.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2


  • 125 g mung bean Cellophane Noodles
  • 150 g diced pork
  • 8 g ginger chopped finely
  • 8 g scallions (green onion) chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 200 ml chicken stock you can use the same amount of water instead, but it will not be as tasty
  • 2 teaspoons Pixian bean paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cooking wine
  • 30 ml soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 10 g chopped scallion (green onion)
  • 1/2 fresh red pepper cut into thin slices


  • Take a heavy based non-stick pan and preheat it for 2 minutes. Add the vegetable oil.
  • Put the diced pork into the pan and quickly stir fry until most of the surface has turned a pale gray.
  • Push the meat to one side of the pan and stir the Pixian bean paste in the space until the bean oil begins to precipitate the red oil.
  • Next, pour in the onions, ginger, and garlic, and stir quickly until the fragrance is released.
  • Add the soy sauce and cooking wine, and stir to combine.
  • Pour in the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  • Add in the noodles, and stir continuously with chopsticks so that they come into full contact with the sauce.
  • The noodle taste changes very quickly as the sauce adheres more and more to them, so you need to keep tasting until it is to your satisfaction. If you find the noodles take up too much of the sauce or the noodles are still a little dry, you can add a little more water or stock until you get a satisfactory taste.
  • Warm a shallow casserole on the stove (or in the oven) and dish the Ants Climbing a Tree into it.