Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ants Climbing A Tree (螞蟻上樹)

One of my all-time favorite Sichuan dishes!

Don't be scared by the name - no real ants are actually involved. :) It's basically bean thread noodles with pork, bursting with spicy flavors. Prepare all your ingredients beforehand and once you fire up the stove, it is super easy and fast to make.

Ants Climbing A Tree:

- 1/2 cup ground pork

Marinade:
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tsp corn starch

- 4 single serving bundles bean thread noodles
- 3 stalks green onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tbsp crushed dry red peppers (more if you like)
- 1 tsp of white sugar
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp chili bean paste
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 2/3 cup water
- Salt to taste

1. Soak noodles in hot water for 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Marinate the ground pork in soy sauce, wine, grated ginger, and corn starch for about 15 minutes. Set aside.
3. Heat oil in pan over high heat. Add garlic, crushed dry red peppers, and green onions (save some aside for garnish). Mix well. Add ground pork and cook until it is done.
4. Add sugar, sesame oil, chili bean paste, soy sauce, water, and salt. Cook until you have a uniform, soupy mixture and then add the drained noodles.
5. Mix everything together until noodles absorb the water.
6. Plate and garnish with reserved green onions.
7. Serves 2 hungry people. Eat with rice or by itself!

{recipe source - but I modified it a bit}

3 comments:

  1. It reminds me your favorite dish. We can cook it Thursday or Friday while you are still at home for dinner.

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  2. Oh my!! This looks and sounds fantastic!

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  3. I never had this dish because my mom is not a fan of it. I'll have to try it sometimes. Must be nice to be home, my mom always cook my favorites when I'm home.

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