Chinese noodles are double cooked, first in water until al dente and then in a frying pan until crisp and brown. If you'd like to spice things up, replace the dark sesame oil with chilli oil.
Fermented black beans are small soy beans preserved in salt. They have a strong, salty flavour and should be rinsed well before use. You can find them in Asian supermarkets, and they are also called Chinese black beans or salted black beans.
When buying the Chinese wheat noodles, look for either lo mein or cou mein - both are wheat based, the latter being a thicker variety.
Delicious! I wasn't sure if the pancakes had turned out right or were worth the effort, but then tried a bit with noodles that had been boiled and not fried and definitely see the point now. They may not have been pancakes per se, but they were slightly crispy and delicious and the asparagus and spinich on top was delicious! 5 year old daughter liked it too! - 14 Aug 2011
This was quite nice but I felt the sauce was missing something (a little sugar, perhaps?). My 'pancakes' fell apart when I was trying to turn them, and rather than crisping up they ended up being very oily. I might make this again, using other vegetables such as beansprouts - and with a little extra sugar! - 20 Jul 2012
Something else. Wow!! This is now one of my favourite recipes, and it really impresses a crowd! I made them exactly as directed, except for cooking the noodle pancakes over medium-high heat, not high. They were burning on high. I let them fry for about 3 min on either side. This time may vary depending on how well your pan conducts heat. I will make these again and again and again! It is much easier than it sounds, and totally worth it! - 24 Jul 2008