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Monday, December 28, 2009

Simple Tomato Stir-fry

It may not be pretty, but the taste is simply amazing.

Stir-Fried Tomatoes with Oyster Sauce

Stir Fried Tomatoes with Oyster Sauce By now, you know that I have a love affair with tomatoes. I love growing all kinds of tomato varieties and using the fruit in many different applications. Strangely, I’ve never thought to use them exclusively in a stir-fry. I have recently used them with other vegetables but even then, when I think of Chinese stir fries, I hardly think to use tomatoes.
But recently, I was at a friend’s house and her daughter Phoebe made this stir-fry using only tomatoes. We all loved it, especially my picky eater daughter, Esther. Phoebe told me that she used to make this dish during her college days away from home, so it had to be easy. When she told me what went in it, I was amazed!

Only Oyster (Sauce)

The only seasoning she used in this dish was oyster sauce! The oyster sauce made the tomatoes savory and accentuated the sweet tart flavors of the tomatoes. Seriously folks, this is so simple and yet it was so delicious!
For this dish, I recommend using firmer tomatoes. I would imagine ripe tomatoes would still taste good, they just wouldn’t hold their shape as well. I never have this problem here in Malaysia as tomatoes here are normally much firmer. If we were in California, I would use romas or firm globes that are slightly under-ripe.

Simple Tomato Stir-fry recipe

4 medium globe tomatoes, chopped into large chunks
2-3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3-4 shallots, halved then thinly sliced
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1. Heat wok/pan to medium high heat and add vegetable oil.
2. Toss in garlic and shallots and stir-fry till fragrant and a light golden brown on the garlic.

Frying shallots in wok

3. Add tomatoes. Give it a quick stir.

stir-frying tomatoes in wok
4. Add oyster sauce. Mix it into the tomatoes. Tomatoes should be releasing some juices at this point but still retaining some firmness. Do a quick taste. If needed, add more oyster sauce.
addin oyster sauce to tomatoes
Plate up and enjoy!
stir-fried tomatoes with oyster sauce
So that's the recipe. Just five ingredients and a hot wok. If you love tomatoes and love dishes that take no time at all, go get yourself some tomatoes and make this lickety-split quick!
Cheers, Annie

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Anonymous said...

Hi Annie,

Ooo, this sounds yummy and so easy. Ju loves tomatoes and I shall try this stir fry recipe. Yeah I too never thought of stir frying tomatoes....Thanks for sharing!


Karine said...

That is a great idea to use tomatoes in stir-fries! thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

cool blog!!

Blessed Homemaker said...

Hi Annie,
My kids love tomatoes and it didn't occur to me that I could have stir-fried them. Thanks for sharing! Reena said...

I have an affinity for tomatoes too! I need to try this recipe out!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 said...

Have not thought oyster sauce with tomatoes, gotta try that out too! Wish you a very rewarding and exciting 2010 ahead of you!

missnah said...

Hi Annie
I did stir fry tomatoes but i never thought of with oyster sauce.. will try it .. thanks for sharing...

steven said...

This is one of my favorite dish!
Thanks for the Post.

sandrine said...

Hi Annie & Nate,
I have always stir fried tomatoes with beef or egg, never tried tomatoes by itself. Made it couple days of ago with your recipe, really yummy. Thanks for the great recipe again!


Nate @ House of Annie said...

@all - thanks for your comments!

@Eliz - you're welcome ;-)

@Karine - yes!

@tastymealsathome - thanks!

@Blessed Homemaker - you're welcome. Hope the kids love this dish too!

@dhaleb - please let us know how you like it!

@Janet - yes, it's quite a surprise how easy and how tasty this is.

@missnah - you're welcome!

@steven - great!

@sandrine - great that you got to try this dish out!