Ants Climbing Trees or Ground Meat and Noodles

I know, I know…strange title, right? I did not come up with it, but I thought it was funny. Supposedly the pieces of meat are meant to represent ants on a tree. I can’t quite see it, but I don’t really want to since it tastes good.

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Still not seeing any ants. But maybe my meat pieces are just too big. I am more of a meatball kind of girl, after all.

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The ingredients are typical Chinese flavors and there is some room for flexibility. For instance, you can use whatever noodles you like, as well as leave out the mirin or rice wine vinegar if you don’t have  one or the other.

We minced our ginger, which is fine, but it does mean that you might get some strong bites of ginger in the dish.

 

 

 

 

 

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We have gradually been upping our spice levels for dishes. I am actually able to use chili oil without us noticing. Victory!

Directions for Ants Climbing Trees

Adapted from Food of China

  • 8 ounces ground beef or pork
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon mirin
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 ounces (2-3 servings of) noodles (bean thread are the traditional, but we used rice noodles)
  • Oil
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, sliced in big pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili bean paste (or other spicy substitute)

Stir together the meat with the soy sauce, rice wine, mirin, and sesame oil.

It will get pasty after mixed.

It will get pasty after mixed.

Soak the noodles in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.

Meanwhile, heat a wok over high heat. Add a bit of oil, then stir fry the meat, separating it and allowing it to brown.

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Push it to the side, then add half of the green onion, the ginger, garlic, and chili paste.

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Stir fry for half a minute, then stir with the meat.

Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Combine all of the sauce ingredients, add to the meat mixture, and stir.

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Add the noodles and bring to a boil.

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Lower the heat and cook until the liquid is evaporated.

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Stir in the rest of the green onion. Remove the ginger before serving.

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Directions for Ants Climbing Trees (without pictures)

Adapted from Food of China

  • 8 ounces ground beef or pork
  • ½ teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon mirin
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 4 ounces (2-3 servings of) noodles (bean thread are the traditional, but we used rice noodles)
  • Oil
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger, sliced in big pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili bean paste (or other spicy substitute)

Stir together the meat with the soy sauce, rice wine, mirin, and sesame oil. Soak the noodles in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain.

Meanwhile, heat a wok over high heat. Add a bit of oil, then stir fry the meat, separating it and allowing it to brown. Push it to the side, then add half of the green onion, the ginger, garlic, and chili paste. Stir fry for half a minute, then stir with the meat.

Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mirin
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock

Combine all of the sauce ingredients, add to the meat mixture, and stir. Add the noodles and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook until the liquid is evaporated. Stir in the rest of the green onion. Remove the ginger before serving.

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5 thoughts on “Ants Climbing Trees or Ground Meat and Noodles

  1. This looks really yummy and gives me great inspiration for dinner! Rice noodle is one of my very favorite kinds (also love the thicker “ho fun” noodles). I’m determined to try making singaphore rice noodles and pad thai within the next few weeks!

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