This is one I brought back with me from Taiwan! Happy Cook is a brand that one of the factories in Taichung makes.
Hanging out and taking tea after touring the factory with the guys from Hung Guang. noodle company! So toona paste – here’s what I found on Wikipedia –
Toona sinensis, with common names Chinese mahogany, Chinese toon, or red toon (Chinese: 香椿; pinyin: xiāngchūn; Hindi: daaraluu; Malay: suren; Vietnamese: tông dù) is a species of Toona native to eastern and southeastern Asia, from North Korea south through most of eastern, central and southwestern China to Nepal, northeastern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and western Indonesia.
The young leaves of T. sinensis (xiāngchūn) are extensively used as a vegetable in China; they have a floral, yet onion-like flavor, attributed to volatile organosulfur compounds. Plants with red young leaves are considered of better flavour than those where the young leaves are green.
Alright – let’s give it a try!
Happy Cook Toona Paste Noodle – Taiwan
Here’s the back of the package (click to enlarge). Looks to be meat free but check for yourself. To prepare, add noodles to a pot of boiling water and cook 4 minutes. Add in sachets contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
The paste sachet.
Thick and oily.
A clear liquid.
Looks like oil.
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles have a great chew and mouthfeel – very nice. The flavor is a salty and slightly oily kind of taste with a little something else going on – perhaps that’s the toona! Tasty bites here. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717904326001.