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Oct 6, 2006 06:52 PM

Where can I find this Chinese dish?

I haven't had "ma yi san su" (Mandarin) in years. It's a non-soupy chinese dish with thin, clear noodles, topped with ground beef, spices, and sauce. The name is a reflection of the dish -- the tiny pieces of beef look like ants.

It was so good, and I'm craving it. Has anyone had a really tasty version recently?

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  1. Just had this dish at Manie's Restaurant in Rowland Heights last week - pretty darn good. We asked to have it very spicy and they sure delivered. It was the first time I had these noodles, noted as "ants climbing a tree," and I'll be back for more. Fiery spice with bits of ground beef spotted throughout - the clear noodles wore an intense shade of red from all the heat...oh man, I'm craving some now! Their dandan mein and xiao long bao are also worth a try :)

    Manie's Restaurant
    18438 Colima Road #106
    Rowland Heights, CA 91748
    (626) 810-7818


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      1. re: kathyyl

        Hiya Kathy!

        Anyhow, there are also a number of good recipes online. Dan dan mian and ma yi shang su are dishes that my mother used to make for me often when I was a child. They're relatively simple and oh-so-tasty.

        - Chubbypanda


      2. I believe 888 has it, at least before the regime change in the kitchen.

        I've also had it at Lake Spring and I recall seeing it at Triumphal Palace.

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          1. re: chica

            You know, this really IS a wonderful dish.

            But I never seem to order it. I think it's because it's so filling (those vermicilli-type noodles are a doozy on the digestive tract) ... leaving no room for other dishes ... [sigh].

        1. It's usually found at Szechuan restaurants. Do any of the local Szechuan lovers know where to get it now that my favorite (Best Szechuan on Valley) is closed?

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          1. re: Pei

            Pei is right. This is a Szechuan (Sichuan) dish, usually translated as ants (climbing) up a tree.

            1. re: judge dee

              Good recipe in Fuscia Dunlop's book, 'Land of Plenty' but that belongs on a different board. I don't recall seeing it on any of the SGV Sichuan places.

              1. re: sel

                It's around. Look for the pinyin "ma yi shang shu", this would be the "standard way" of writing it, for what its worth.

                蚂蚁上树。。 Don't know if the characters will appear.