Why is it called ants climbing a tree?
The name of the dish in Chinese, Mayishangshu, has been translated as ants climbing a tree, ants on the tree, ants creeping up a tree, ants climbing a hill or ants climbing a log. It is so called because the dish has bits of ground meat clinging to noodles, evoking an image of ants walking on twigs.
Is vermicelli spicy?
It’s spicy with a hint of sweetness. Perfect texture: the vermicelli is soft to chew but not mushy. Right amount of sauce: most of the liquid should be absorbed by the noodles