Ah, noodle cakes. Truly, the tastiest most delicious food that is the absolute worst for your health.
My mom has been making "noodle cakes" for quite a while. Essentially, it's only a few steps on its way to being a complete meal. Cooked out of sheer laziness, it is dee-licious! Crunchy on the outside, yet soft and tender on the inside... mmm mmm. Plus, (big bonus) it's shaped like a pancake!! Oh yeah.
The real dish is ultimately supposed to be the best home-made chow mein you ever tasted. however, it can be rather involved work and though worth it in the end, we hardly ever get past the noodle part. (Generally, after youc ook the noodles, you tear up the noodle pancakes and stir fry in vegetables and meat. Usually, we just stop here and eat it. Lazy, I know, but it's amazing stuff.
Since we moved here though, we haven't been able to find very good chow mein noodles so we're experimenting with different types of noodles in anticipation of making a HUGE batch of chow mein (the real stuff) in a couple weeks. (Because, if you are going to make it, you better do it big) Yesterday, we visited the Chinese food store (which, if you've ever been in one, smells really strange) and bought five different packages of chow mein noodles to try.
For the actual noodle cakes, you first boil the noodles, drain them, and rinse with cold water. Then you toss them with soy sauce and fry them in a cast-iron skillet on both sides until it's nice and crispy. Yum-o!
This batch didn't turn out so good. Better luck next time!!