Exotic Junk Food Review: Sunburst noodle also rises

Sunburst Noodle Snack
49 cents per pack at No Frills

Country of origin: Unknown

article continues below

What is it: When I was growing up, my mother led me to believe that eating uncooked noodles would give me worms. But these tiny snack packs appear to be just that — crunchy, dry, uncooked noodles — with the added bonus of palm oil, MSG, sodium carbonate, potassium carbonate and delicious malic acid. Oh yeah, and it “may contain fish, crustaceans, milk, peanuts, sesame and mustard.”

In what kind of crazy factory and country did these bad boys originate? Unfortunately an extensive Internet search led nowhere. Equally unhelpful was the snack food’s Burnaby-based distributor, Toyo, who didn’t return my email, although its website says it trademarked Sunburst way back in 1974. “This was our first trademark and over 30 years later [40 years, actually], it is still recognized by consumers as a symbol of value and quality,” boldly reads the website. “Sunburst products are geared towards Canadian tastes. They are produced under our exacting standards and offer the best value, without sacrificing quality, for the Canadian market.”

That said, Sunburst bears an uncanny resemblance to the far more popular Monster Noodle Snack from Malaysian-based company Mamee. However, the imprecision of Sunburst’s ingredients, which are “geared towards Canadian tastes,” also extends to the snack’s branding. While BBQ flavour is a no-brainer, what exactly constitutes “oriental flavour” is a bit of a mystery. Maybe it’s shorthand for “may contain soy sauce, among other things.”

Verdict: If eating the stale, salty crumbs from the bottom of a chow mein noodle package is your bag, then enjoy. But I’m going to continue to adhere to my mother’s warnings about uncooked noodles and worms.

mkissinger@vancourier.com

twitter.com/MidlifeMan1

 

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!

Popular Dining