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Chinese Tomato Sauce

Chinese Tomato Sauce Recipe

Chinese Tomato Sauce Recipe

Feel free to season the sauce to taste with sugar, soy sauce and water. This sauce goes well with Chinese-style fried pork chops, chicken and fish.

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 10 mins


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 large red onion (may substitute with a few shallots) cut to rough wedges
  • 1 finger-length red chilli deseeded; sliced to wedges
  • 3 chilli padi sliced thinly and diagonally; to taste
  • 1/2 bottle (about 150g) ketchup (tomato sauce)
  • 1/4 cup chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tomato cut to wedges


  1. Heat oil in wok. Briefly stir-fry garlic, shallots and chillis, until the shallots are softened.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer with lid on for about 2 minutes, until the sauce is of the desired (slightly thick) consistency.

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3 Responses to “Chinese Tomato Sauce”

  1. Christy — January 7, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    Oh ya, indeed, there is just always something different about Chinese-style tomato sauce, but they are always so tasty and may I say, the best to make any dish go from plain to just flavorful!:-) Love the fiery color of your sauce, and I can already feel the awesome taste of that sweet and sour (with a tinge of spicy) in that!
    Happy New Year 2014 to you and your family!:-)


  2. tigerfish — January 8, 2014 @ 1:12 am

    Reminds me of Hainanese pork chops with the sauce :)

    It’s true when you simmer tomatoes and onions, it will just thicken naturally and so good! that is how I cook those Indian-style egg curries too.


  3. B — January 22, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Delicious and versatile sauce, goes very well with the pork chops.