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Where can I find this Chinese dish?

chica Oct 6, 2006 06:52 PM

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?

  1. Pei Oct 6, 2006 08:07 PM

    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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      judge dee Oct 12, 2006 04:21 AM

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

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        sel Oct 12, 2006 04:41 AM

        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.

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          zruilong Oct 16, 2006 05:55 PM

          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.

    2. ipsedixit Oct 6, 2006 07:07 PM

      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: ipsedixit
        chica Oct 6, 2006 07:11 PM

        Thanks!

        1. re: chica
          ipsedixit Oct 6, 2006 07:15 PM

          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].

      2. k
        kathyyl Oct 6, 2006 07:02 PM

        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

        http://apassionforfood.blogspot.com/

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          chica Oct 6, 2006 07:08 PM

          Thanks! I'll give it a try.

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            Chubbypanda Oct 12, 2006 04:12 AM

            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

            http://epicurious-wanderer.blogspot.com/

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