31 Jan
2012
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Pickled cherry tomatoes with dried plums

In Taiwan, we went to a restaurant in Taichung well-known for their exquisite menu. Click on the link to see the review. – (review to follow). One of the dishes that tickled my interest was such a simple, yet lovely appetiser – cold and lightly pickled cherry tomatoes. After tasting these, I made it a mission to figure out how to make those bad boys.

Taste alone, it’s obvious that they used cured/dried plums, though luckily (to justify my thought) one of the pickled tomato servings had a soaked cured plum lingering in the centre of its plate.

My dear friend, Ishay Govender-Ympa from Food and the Fabulous, invited me over to her kitchen to show her how to make these delights as her Chinese New Year contribution to my Chinese New Year post.

Pickled tomatoes 1 Pickled cherry tomatoes with dried plums

Ingredients:

  • Water to cover
  • 40ml rice vinegar
  • 350g cherry or rosa tomatoes
  • 10 ice cubes

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 10ml brown sugar
  • 50g of dried/cured plum
  • 1 cup of rice vinegar
  • 6-8 small and fresh mint leaves or fresh basil (Ishay’s suggested the mint)
one1 Pickled cherry tomatoes with dried plums

This picture was taken by Food and the Fabulous blog.

Method:

  • Fill a small pot half way with water and 1/3 cup of vinegar and bring to boil.
  • While waiting, score the small tomatoes with a sharp knife, making a plus (+) score at the side where the stem used to be.
  • When the water’s boiled, pop the tomatoes in for 5-10 seconds only.
  • Rinse the tomatoes in cold water and ice immediately.
  • Remove the skin of the tomatoes, they should just slip off.
  • Drain the water out and let it chill in the fridge.
  •  In a separate pot, heat 1/3 cup of water, rice vinegar with the brown sugar and cured plums.
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes, allowing the flavour of the plums to seep into the water.
  • Allow the liquid to chill.
  • Once chilled, place the tomatoes into the liquid, cover with cling wrap and place in Fridge to cool.

Suggestions: Serve as cold appetiser and garnish with fresh basil or mint.

pickled tomatoes Pickled cherry tomatoes with dried plums

7 Comments

  • Hey Ming. Was such fun making this little salad with you. Well done on getting so many involved in your Chinese New Year Initiative. Exciting to learn about other foods and cultures.

  • Looks fascinating and I’d love to make it. But where on earth would I find ‘cured plums’?

    • You should be able to find them at any Chinese supermarket. They’re also called dried plums or sour plums – “Suan-Mei” (which means sour plums).

  • I’m definitely eager to make them~all your recipes are
    usually SO outstanding! Thanks for sheariing!

    • Thanks for reading Zelda :) I truly appreciate the support!

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