Lately, I've been watching a Taiwanese variety TV show called 食尚玩家 (Super Taste), which is basically a show that introduces its viewers to great food places, usually in Taiwan, but sometimes overseas as well. In one of the episodes, the hosts went to a place that served a refreshing-looking salad. It was basically a platter of tomato wedges with a ginger and soy dipping sauce. It probably sounds like a bit of an odd combination - fresh tomato and a sweet soy sauce with a hint of ginger. But I'd had the dish before and I knew it tasted fantastic!
With the weather so hot in Canberra lately (39 degrees today!) I really felt like having something light for dinner, and this tomato salad looked perfect!! I adapted my recipe from this one.
The tricky part to this salad is getting the dipping sauce just right. Of course, what's "just right" will be different for everyone. So the below recipe is what I think is "just right". You may need to adjust the quantities slightly if you prefer a more sour or tangier or sweeter dipping sauce :) Another way to serve this dish would be to include julienned carrot and cucumber with the tomato and drizzle the sauce over the salad as a dressing!
Taiwanese tomato platter with ginger and soy dipping sauce
- 2 or 3 large tomatoes or a few handfuls of cherry tomatoes (best if they are firm and a bit under ripe)
- 1/2 teaspoon of minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar
- 3 teaspoons of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of soy paste (you can find this in Asian grocery stores, I used the Kimlan brand)
Wash the tomatoes and cut the large tomatoes into small wedges (cut cherry tomatoes in half if using). Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and stir well.
Would you try this dish? Let me know in the comments below if you made this dish and whether you liked it (or not)!