I’ve been obsessed with trying to make Cantonese-style Tomato Pork Chop ever since I tried my friend Kristie’s mom’s version of it last year.

Tomato pork chop

We’d spent the entire day filming a music video for The RUSH Urban Race and Scavenger Hunt. It was our entry into a contest that would bring us fame, fortune, prestige…okay, okay. We were singing and dancing in order to win a golden ticket that would get us to the head of the line on race day. But with over 200 teams competing in this awesome challenge-based race, you could bet your bottom dollar that front of the line status is pretty stellar.

Pork Chops

Anyway, in the midst of trying to figure out Mac-related video editing problems, we were called down to dinner where this giant plate of tomato pork chop was sitting. It looked glorious.

Huge tender pieces of pork chop swimming in a dense, sweet and sour tomato sauce.


It took me a year, but I finally attempted to make this dish myself and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. We may not have won the video contest or The RUSH last year, but Kristie and I are determined to give it another go this time around!

Finished tomato pork chop

Cantonese-style Tomato Pork chop

Adapted from Christine’s Recipes


½ lb boneless pork chops (thinly sliced)
2 tomatoes, cut into chunks
½ onion, chopped
1 ½ tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 ½ tsp garlic, minced
¼ c water
1 tbsp oil


2 ½ tsp soy sauce
½ tsp white sugar
1 egg white
2 tsp ginger, freshly grated
½ tsp rice flour
Pinch of pepper

Thickening sauce

1 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp rice flour
2 tbsp water

  1. Rinse pork chops and pat dry with a paper towel. Tenderize with a mallet and then cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Mix marinade ingredients together and then add pork chop pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge. Marinate for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Add pork chops and cook until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Place on dish and set aside.
  4. Add another ½ tbsp oil to the pan and sauté garlic and onions. Toss in tomato chunks. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add sugar and ketchup and then, cover pan. Cook until the tomatoes soften, about 5-7 minutes.
  7. Toss in pork chop pieces and stir together and cook until pork chop pieces are cooked through.
  8. Add thickening sauce to your preferred consistency.

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