This stuffed tomatoes is a popular Vietnamese comfort food and is one of our family’s favourite. The filling is a traditional and versatile filling of pork, woodear mushroom and bean thread noodle. For best results use just slightly under-ripe tomatoes.
Cà Chua Nhồi Thịt – Stuff Tomatoes with Pork and Wood Ear Mushroom Recipe
250 grams minced pork
5 dried wood ear mushrooms
15 grams bean thread noodles
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1 shallot diced
2 spring onions
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
6 tomatoes (slightly under-ripe)
oil for cooking
thinly sliced spring onion for garnishing
coriander for garnishing
Cut the tomatoes in half horizontally. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Reserve the tomato flesh and roughly chopped to use for sauce later.
In a medium bowl, combine the minced pork, wood ear mushroom, noodles, shallot, spring onion, salt, fish sauce, sugar and ground pepper. Combine the mixture well.
Stuff the tomato halves with the pork mixture and set aside. Do not over stuff the tomatoes with the filling.
In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil and minced garlic over medium heat. Place the tomatoes stuffing side down into the pan. Add the chopped tomato flesh to the pan.Cook for 5 minutes or until until brown. Turn the tomatoes over and cook for another couple of minutes. The chopped tomatoes will turn into a beautiful sauce. Season the sauce some salt and pepper. Garnish with some sliced spring onion and coriander. Serve with rice.