(Other names for this authentic Szechuan dish include Ants Climbing a Hill, Ants Climbing a Log, and Ants Creeping up a Tree)

Ants Climbing a Tree

1/2 pound ground pork

1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 small red chili, seeded and chopped
1/2 teaspoon chili sauce or 1 tablespoon chili sauce
2 slices ginger, finely chopped
2 green onions, chopped, green and white sections
4 ounces transparent bean thread noodles (also known also vermicelli or glass noodles)
1/4 cup water

Oil for stir-frying


1.Combine the marinade ingredients and marinate the ground pork for about 10 minutes.

2.Without removing the string wrapping around the transparent noodles, soak in hot water until they are pliable (about 5 minutes). Drain well. Cut the noodles into shorter lengths and then remove the string wrapping.

3.Chop up the chili (if using), ginger and green onions.

4.Hot wok and add oil. Add the chili and ginger. Add the marinated pork. Once the pork has changed color, add the chili sauce, stirring in. Add the noodles, stirring. Add the water and cook until most of the liquid is absorbed. Serve hot.

Variations: Sprinkle in a few drops of sesame oil at the end of cooking.

Serves 4