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Ants on Beanstalks
Created by AndrewM, Tuesday, 05 January 2010


An adaptation of an old Usenet recipe.

  • 6 bundles bean thread noodles
  • 2 q. warm water
  • 4 T. peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, partially smashed
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger root, partially smashed
  • 1 C. maitake, chopped into "ant" sized shreds
  • 1/2 C. sake
  • 1/2 C. chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 T. fish or soy sauce
  • 2 T. hoisin sauce
  • 1 habanero (scotch bonnet) pepper, minced
  • 3 scallions, green part only, sliced into fine rings
  1. Soak the bean thread noodles in warm water for 15 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a hot wok. Add garlic and ginger, stir-fry for 30 seconds, and remove.
  3. Add the maitake and stir-fry another 30 seconds.
  4. Add the sake, stock, soy sauce, hoisin, and pepper. Simmer together 10 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  5. Add the noodles, and toss together.
  6. Remove to a serving bowl and top with green onions.
Additional Tips

If a whole habanero is too much, slit a whole pepper several times and add to the simmering liquid. Or use a lesser amount of red Thai chile(s).

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