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Chinese Tomato Sauce

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.


  • 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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4 comments on “Chinese Tomato Sauce”

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

  4. Hi ! What Chilli sauce will u recommend for this receipt? Those bottle Chilli? Sweet or sambal type? 

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