These spicy noodles are inspired by a Chinese dish called Ants Climbing a Tree, named for the way the small pieces of ground pork (the "ants") cling to the noodles (the "tree"). The twist in these healthy noodles comes from adding vegetables like scallions and bok choy.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 2019


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large flat-bottomed wok or cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add bok choy whites and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add bok choy greens and cook until wilted, about 1 minute more. Transfer all the bok choy to a medium bowl.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, scallion whites, ginger and chili-bean sauce (or chile-garlic sauce) to the pan. Add pork and cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth, tamari (or soy sauce) and sugar. Mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in the reserved noodles and bok choy; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Serve topped with scallion greens and crushed red pepper, if desired.


Tip: Chili-bean sauce, a popular condiment used in Sichuan cooking, is made from fermented soybeans and broad beans, and red chiles. It adds heat and saltiness to these noodles. Look for it at Asian markets or online.

Nutrition Facts

311 calories; protein 20.1g; carbohydrates 38.6g; dietary fiber 2.8g; sugars 3.8g; fat 9.1g; saturated fat 2.1g; cholesterol 43.9mg; vitamin a iu 6330IU; vitamin c 64.5mg; folate 98.1mcg; calcium 170.3mg; iron 3.8mg; magnesium 39.8mg; potassium 581mg; sodium 608.5mg; added sugar 1g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Our store didn t have ground pork so I made it with ground chicken but it was still amazing and I will definitely make it again! Learn from my mistake though and be very careful about adding the chili sauce to the hot pan. I went into a major coughing fit and had to throw the door open to air out my kitchen. Maybe not quite such a high heat next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was so delicious! Easy to make, too. It will definitely be in our regular rotation from now on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was a great dinner. Aside from the book choy I had all the ingredients on hand. I liked that it was something a little different using simple ingredients. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Needed to use some bok choy and had all of the other ingredients!! Used only half the oil, more bok choy, half sweet bean sauce and half chili garlic paste, 1 cup water and 1 cup regular chicken broth. Loved the rice noodles-soaked for 8 min in hot water and they were perfect texture. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was delicious. I substituted lean ground turkey. In addition I used shirataki noodles instead of rice noodles and also added gochuchang. Will definitely be making this again. Read More