Ants Climbing Up A Tree (Vegan) 螞蟻上樹

螞蟻上樹 Ants Climbing Up A Tree (Vegan)

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螞蟻上樹 Ants Climbing Up A Tree is a popular and delicious Chinese dish. Traditionally it is made with minced meat (ground pork) and vermicelli noodles, and it gets its peculiar name from how the noodles look when the ground pork cling onto the bean thread noodles – they resemble ants climbing up a tree. This quick and easy Sichuan dish can be made in just 20 minutes! It is vegan dietary inclusive with plantbased meat alternative crumbles.




  1. Soak the mung bean noodles in room temperature or cold water in a large bowl for 15 minutes before cooking them.
  2. Cook the resuscitated noodles in a large pot of boiling water for 30 seconds.
  3. Drain and rinse cooked noodles under cold water. Drain excess water and set aside.
  4. Add vegetable oil to a wok or non-stick pan and heat to medium-high heat.
  5. Once the oil is hot, add minced ginger, garlic cloves, and chopped onions or shallots. Sautee until fragrant.
  6. Add ground pork minced meat and let brown.
  7. Push the browning meat to one side of the wok and add spicy fermented bean sauce. Allow the sauce to cook before folding in partially cooked ground pork.
  8. Add finely chopped green onion, cilantro, bird's eye chilli, ground white pepper, and Shaoxing wine, and let it evaporate. Continue to stir-fry.
  9. Add parboiled vermicelli and a little bit of drinking water.
  10. Add dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, and brown sugar and bring to a boil.
  11. Continue to stir-fry the spicy noodles until the liquid reduces.
  12. You may add a bit of cornstarch slurry to tighten the sauce.
  13. Serve and enjoy hot steamed white jasmine rice is recommended!



  1. To make this recipe vegan and plant based dietary inclusive, use plant based meat crumbles.
  2. Most dry goods ingredients, tools and supplies can be purchased at your local Asian grocery store or online at my Amazon Store. I have linked the products for your convenience!


Keywords: Sichuan, Vermicelli Noodles, ground pork, minced meat, meat alternative, plantbased, vegan, dairy free, stir fry, easy, recipes, chinese

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