Ants Climbing a Tree (Sichuan Spicy Vermicelli Stir-Fry)


"Ants on a tree" is one of most well known Sichuan dishes. It is a combination of ground pork and mung bean vermicelli. In addition to that, we use Sichuan peppercorn powder, topped with fresh green onion, it is a very good main course for your dining table.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 2 cups mung bean vermicelli

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce, or more to taste

  • 2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorn powder

  • ½ cup water

  • 2 stalks green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Place vermicelli in a bowl and cover with water; soak for at least 15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until you can feel the heat above the pan. Put in ground pork; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Stir in peppercorn powder until evenly distributed. Add water and bring to a boil.

  3. Add drained vermicelli and mix evenly with the pork. Cook until all water has evaporated, about 5 more minutes. Taste and add more soy sauce if not salty enough for you.

  4. Transfer to a serving plate and top with green onions.

Cook's Note:

Mung bean vermicelli noodles are very easy to cook. It is usually ready when all the water is evaporated. Do not leave it in the frying pan for too long.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
18g Fat
61g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 488mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 32mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 169mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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