Here’s another one of Mom’s Dry Noodles’ new Vegetarian friendly varieties. But wait – toona? Misspelling? Nope. Here’s a little about toona from Wikipedia –
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.
In China and Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, the young leaves of Toona sinensis or commonly known as Chinese Mahogany is used to make Toona paste, which is used as a condiment to serve with plain rice porridge as breakfast and simple meals, or to enhance the flavour of a dish or soup. Common dishes made with Toona paste are Chinese Mahogany fried rice, Chinese Mahogany beancurd, and Chinese Mahogany mushroom soup.
The timber is hard and reddish; it is valuable, used for furniture making and for bodies of electric guitars. Being a “true mahogany” (mahogany other than Swietenia), it is one of the common replacements for Swietenia mahogany (“genuine mahogany”) which is now commercially restricted from being sourced natively.
Outside its native region T. sinensis is valued more as a large ornamental tree for its haggard aspect. It is by far the most cold-tolerant species in the Meliaceae and the only member of the family that can be cultivated successfully in northern Europe.
Well, there you go – I’ve had a toona varieties or two in the past and they’ve been quite nice. Let’s give this one a try. I should also mention this is the first review I’m doing with the new format Instant Noodle Recipe Time. We shall see how it goes.
Mom’s Dry Noodle Toona Sauce With Sichuan Pepper – Taiwan
Detail of the packaging (click to enlarge). Says it is Vegetarian friendly but check for yourself. To prepare, boil noodles 5 minutes. Drain. Add in sachet contents. Finally, stir and enjoy!
The noodle block.
A dry seasoning sachet.
Looks like sesame paste – maybe toona sauce?
Another wet sachet.
A final wet sachet.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added marinated egg, sesame seed, scallion, and shichimi togarashi. Noodles came out very well – gauge and chew are perfect. The flavor was a kind of sesame paste and a rich, earthy tone, along with a little bit of Sichuan peppercorn in there. All in all quite tasty. 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. EAN bar code 4717011158519.
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