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‘Ants Climbing A Tree’ Noodles

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Spice fans will love my take on this Sichuan classic: beef mince and a rich, spicy sauce that soaks into bouncy noodles. Guys, this weeknight dinner is a goodie for all the right reasons. Feel free to miss out the cooking wine if you want it alcohol-free, otherwise enjoy the fragrance it lends to the dish.

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‘ANTS CLIMBING A TREE’ NOODLES

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

15 minutes
SERVES

2
Ingredients

80g (2.8 oz) glass noodles (also known as cellophane or mung bean noodles)

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1½ tbsp douban jiang chilli paste*

1 tbsp finely chopped ginger

200g (7 oz) beef mince

1 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp dark soy sauce

1 tsp sugar

1 cup chicken stock

1 tsp finely grated garlic

2 tbsp finely chopped spring onion (scallions)

Steps
Step 1

Soak the noodles in room temperature water for 10 minutes or until they’re just pliable. Drain and set aside for later.

Step 2

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan over medium heat. Add the douban jiang and ginger and stir-fry for about 10 seconds. Then add in the beef. Stir-fry until the beef is almost cooked. Then add the Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Stir-fry for about half a minute. Then add the chicken stock. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Then add in the noodles. Toss the noodles in the sauce for 2-3 minutes or until the noodles have soaked up all the sauce. Turn the heat off and toss through the grated garlic and the spring onions. Serve warm.

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Notes:

– Douban jiang is a spicy fermented chilli bean paste. Find it at your Asian grocery store or order it online.

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Karina
November 28, 2022

My favorite recipe just got better

This is my favorite Marion’s recipe and I’ve made it time and time again. I just made it using my new Mako wok for the first time and wow! I didn’t think it could get much better but I am so happy to be proven wrong. Added a next level of flavor that I am in love with. Thank you Marion🙏🏼

Avery
August 15, 2022

Easy dinner

We have made this several times and it is a favorite on those nights when you need something quick and easy. If you want to elevate the traditional hamburger night and don’t want another burger use the mince beef instead!

Lidia
June 23, 2022

Quick, tasty and... funny-looking:)

It’s extremely easy and fast to make, tastes delicious and you can easily adapt the level of spiciness to your liking. And it makes a huge portion out of the amount of ingredients in the recipe:) We had some leftovers that were really good when warmed up later on:)

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