Recipe: Taiwanese tomato platter with ginger and soy dipping sauce

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.

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Enjoy!

Would you try this dish? Let me know in the comments below if you made this dish and whether you liked it (or not)!