Chinese Tomato Sauce

Chinese Tomato Sauce

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Here’s my mum’s easy Chinese-style tomato sauce recipe. We pour this sauce over leftover pork chops, but it goes well with chicken and fish as well.

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Typically, some may add vinegar to this recipe to make it a Chinese sweet and sour sauce, but my family omitted the vinegar as the tomato sauce is already naturally tangy. In place, my mum added cut chillis and chilli sauce for mild heat.  I love the fact that my mum does not use cornstarch for thickening the sauce; instead she simmer it to reduce the sauce slightly to the right consistency. The result is really good!

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.