The small pieces of minced pork mixed with the cellophane noodles in this Sichuan specialty supposedly resemble ants climbing trees. It may not have the most appealing name but this dish is delicious, with an unmistakable Sichuan flavour: spicy and mouth-numbing.
Note Cellophane noodles, also known as glass or bean thread noodles, are available from Asian grocers and the Asian sections of major supermarkets. Sichuan peppercorn oil is available from select Chinese grocers. If unavailable, substitute sesame oil and a few crushed Sichuan peppercorns. Chilli bean paste is available from Asian grocers.