Toona Bean Paste [moved from Home Cooking]
Recently found this paste, "Toona Bean Paste" in the schecuan dept of the asian grocer, made by Bull head. It's all over the net, as a product, but no real desciptions of it's use, but it works beutifully added to stir fried noodles, and scollops. Unique taste, kinda like a rich man's shallot, but uses "toona leaves" on top of broad bean paste. Not at all hot, and very unami. (unfortunately it does use msg) Found another brand which has a hot chilli version, sans msg; label just says Mai jiun food company.
What is this leaf, this paste,how is it used, is it found (in Canada). Is it traditional or just a commersion concoction? I'd love to make my own paste. I've searched all over, and only the product shows up. Dunlop's cook books draw a blank. Any insights anyone?
I don't know much about the condiment (just got some on a whim myself), but Toona leaves are from Toona sinensis, also known as Chinese Mahogany, Chinese Toon, or Xiang Chun. I have some seedlings of this tree and they have a wonderful oniony flavor. They're pretty okay to eat raw and I'm sure they'll be great stir-fried.