Chinese style stir-fry Shrimp in tomato sauce

My last good Shrimp in tomato sauce was too many years ago.. when Ah Ma was still around and doing a fair bit of cooking. This was 1 of Ah Ma’s signature dish.. IMHO. Simple, quick, easy and goes well with rice or noodle. ..

This was a simple dish that I somehow never attempted… until now. Why now? Guess I must be missing Ah Ma again.

Starting with the ingredients preparation. 300g medium shrimp, shelled and deveined. 300g squids, cut into rings, tentacles may be used if you like. 1 medium red onion, chopped in half, then quarters. 2 garlic, minced. 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped into 1″ size.

Seafood in tomato sauce.. Yummy!

Seafood in tomato sauce.. Yummy!

Next, make the sauce. Mix 2 tablespoon ketchup, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 teaspoon light soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional), 1 tablespoon cornflour into 2 cups water. Stir well.

Ok, now ready to start cooking. Heat oil, fry onions until soft and slightly brown. Add garlic and stir-fry until garlic is slightly brown too.  Add tomatoes, low heat, simmer for 2 minutes. Add seafood, stir-fry around. Add mixture, stir well. When all seafood is cooked, turn off heat and ready to serve.

Egg noodles. Really quite tasty.

Egg noodles. Really quite tasty.

See, its that simple. Ah Ma never use squids for this dish… and I wonder if she uses salt? My kitchen was salt-less for many years and my mum and sisters never like my cooking. Ah Ma never complain about it though.. ..

Egg noodles in Seafood in tomato sauce.

Egg noodles in Seafood in tomato sauce.

This is my 1st attempt at this.. and it dont quite have the same flavour as I remember.. … I will use more ketchup and a little more sugar next time.. maybe a touch of pepper, and some fresh chili flakes.. 

And the noodles, for 2 serving. We bought this package of dried egg noodle. Me thinks its for 3 serving, but we only use 1/2 the package for the 2 of us. It was enough for a light lunch. To cook the noodles, boil 2cups water, add noodles, stir regularly. Turn off heat when noodles are soft. Drain and serve onto plate. Pour Seafood and gravy over the noodles. Tata!


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