Since then..tomato sauce has been appearing in several well known Chinese dishes especially in South East Asia especially in sweet and sour dishes. Although many have gotten to having Pizzas and spaghetti with meat balls and tomato sauce many older Chinese are still avoiding the red fruity and tangy sauce.
The younger Chinese might not even know that in the 1950's tomato sauce was a novelty and a sauce used in Colonial clubs and homes!! Any way nowadays it is as commonplace as the soy sauce...
I was pleasantly surprised by a very delicious plate of fried noodles cooked by a Foochow lady chef in Bintulu.
This is the Fried Noodles in Tomato Sauce perhaps the best in Northern Sarawak..... The photo below shows her in action. She works single handedly without support from a "man". She has been in the occupation for more than 2 decades. She has a special system to get her noodles out in a very short time.
|Stall No.79. Madam Lee is a member of the Bintulu Methodist Church.|
|The greens are just cooked enough to give it a sweet taste.|
|Fresh Bintulu prawns to add additional seafood flavour.|
|Beaten eggs also give a lot of goodness to the dish with some chopped oinions to give the dish a special tang!!|
|A closer look at the pork and chicken slices and the sauce.|
|Pork liver and fresh prawns go well together....|
Each time I observe a chef cooking and using his/her ingredients I would sort of guess without speaking to her that she is a Foochow because of the way she slices the liver. It seems that we Foochows have a special tendency to use liver in our cooking. So if you don't like liver you must tell her not to put this ingredient into the dish. But to me it makes a whole world of difference. I suppose it is the Foochow tastebuds. Once a month I still need my liver fix!!
I like the sauce ..not too sweet..not too sticky ..not too watery..Just right..And the tomato sauce doesn't taste as if it is from the tin. There is indeed goodness and freshness in the noodles...My grandmother would have approved!!
Whenever you visit Bintulu do try to visit this lady's stall...she has been supporting her family single handedly and now she must ensure herself of a good retirement and old age. She is closed on Sundays to keep the Sabbath holy.
(Permission obtained to photograph her stall..and to go back for more photos!!)