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Ma Yi Shang Shu (螞蟻上樹)

Spicy and flavorable classic Sichuan ma yi shang shu dish is the best to go with rice. This ants on a tree recipe is simple and quick, it only takes 15 minutes!
Course Main Course, Noodles, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 174kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 2 pieces Bean thread noodles
  • ¼ pound Ground pork
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 pieces Chili peppers (Suggest do not add if you cannot handle too spicy)
  • 1 cup Water
  • ½ tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon s Oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Homemade XO sauce


  • Soak 2 piece of dried bean thread noodles in water for 15 minutes before cooking.
  • Put ¼ pound of ground pork into a non -stick pan and turn on medium fire to stir fry the pork. Then, add 4 cloves of minced garlic and 2 pieces of chili peppers.
  • Stir fry the pork until it changes color. After that, add 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar, ½ tablespoon of sesame oil and 2 tablespoons of homemade XO sauce. Keep stir fry them a little bit.
  • Then, add 1 cup of water and 2 of soaked bean thread noodles. Spread the noodles and cover a lid for couple minutes. 
  • Keep mixing the noodles and let it cook until the sauce is absorbed by the noodles. After that, add green onion and mix them well.



Cooking tips for ma yi shang shu (螞蟻上樹):

  • This dish is medium spicy. If you cannot handle spicy food. You don’t have to add extra chili peppers because xo sauce has some already.
  • Soak bean thread noodles in water for 15 minutes before cooking
  • Stir fried pork, garlic, chili peppers and make the sauce then add the soaked noodles. Cook the noodles until it’s soft and simmering a few minutes.


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 769mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg