This is a tasty sauce that is delicious over rice, noodles or pasta. It is a variation of the bean sauce used with noodles. Tomatoes, a relatively recent arrival to the Asian food scene, have become very popular and are used in every way possible. No wonder, they are such a wonderful food.
This sauce can be made in advance, even frozen. It is easily re-heated, which makes it ideal for entertaining as well as for a quick family dinner.
Heat a wok or large frying-pan over a high heat until it is hot. Add the oil and, when it is very hot and slightly smoking, add the garlic, ginger, spring onions, onions and chillies and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
Add the pork, stir well to break up all the pieces and continue to stir-fry for about 5 minutes or more until the pork loses its pink colour. Then add the salt, pepper, sugar and tomatoes.
Finally add the stock or water, fish sauce and soy sauce. Bring the mixture to the boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a warm platter, garnish with the coriander and serve at once.
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