Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Mummy's Spaghetti Sauce


Yup, I sneaked in some carbs during the weekend. Breaking my vow to avoid carbs until I lose at least another 8-10lbs. tsk...tsk..tsk...




All my life until later in adulthood, I had never tasted Italian spaghetti sauce. The only spaghetti sauce I had ever known and love is my Mum's version. So much so that when I had Spaghetti Bolognese at a restaurant, I thought it tasted awful. To make it worse, I cannot stand the smell of Parmesan cheese. To me it smells like ..... shall I say it? Please don't be offended. It smells like baby's vomit. Sorry.



I have had pasta a few times after that and I still think my Mum's spaghetti sauce is still THE best! My Mum's spaghetti sauce uses tomato ketchup and oyster sauce. I know some of you are toot tooting and tsk tsking away but I don't care. I don't like tomato puree or canned tomato sauce. It does not suit my taste. 



Here I am using minced pork because my partner does not eat beef. I prefer beef but we have to listen to our customers, don't we?




Another thing my Mum does is to saute some onions with olive oil until soft and wilted. Then add in the cooked spaghetti and toss it with the onions. It gives the pasta a very nice taste and aroma. Besides it prevents the pasta from sticking together and you can prepare the pasta ahead of time.


Toss spaghetti with the fried onions.

I was waiting for my partner's reaction to the pasta (I tossed it about 5 minutes before he got home). When I got an audible "Mmmmmmm..." with a couple of appreciative nods of the head, I knew I had hit a home run. hee...hee... Credit goes to my Mum of course!











Mummy's Spaghetti Sauce
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 380g minced pork
- 200 fresh ripe tomatoes, diced (you can remove the skin if you want, I didn't bother)
- 100g green peppers, finely diced
- 200g canned button mushrooms, sliced
- 150g big onions, finely diced
- 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 cup tomato ketchup or more to taste
- 2 tablespoons vegetarian oyster sauce
- water, adjust according to how much sauce you want
- lots of black pepper to taste

- to thicken the sauce, mix one teaspoon tapioca flour with 2 tablespoons water

Method :
1. In a skillet, heat up some oil and brown the minced pork in two batches. Remove and set aside.
2. In a saucepan or pot, heat oil and saute onions until translucent.
3. Add garlic and continue to saute until fragrant.
4. Add the minced pork, tomatoes, green peppers, tomato ketchup, oyster sauce and water.
5. Bring to a boil and simmer until tomatoes are tender and mushy.
6. Add mushrooms and simmer for about 5 minutes.
7. Taste and adjust seasoning. I like to load up on black pepper at this point.
8. Bring to a boil and add tapioca flour mixture to thicken the sauce.


54 comments:

  1. Yummmm!!! I would love that sauce. No fresh buttons? Should be easy to get them there, not here. May come across some at times, but already rotting away and so expensive. My daughter's not fond of the canned ones...after having been in NZ. :(

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    1. We do have the fresh ones, just that I did not buy any. Resorted to the canned ones. Perhaps to consider using fresh button mushrooms in futire. More expensive but they are definitely better than canned.

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  2. Hmmm.....I should make spaghetti for lunch today. Your homemade sauce sounds wonderfully delicious.

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    1. Mel, homemade is always better especially if they are mum's recipe!

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  3. Hiya, I am organising a blogger cooking challenge with Philips this 30th August in Kuala Lumpur, will you be interested to participate? you can get in touch with me at bigboysoven@gmail.com or on mobile 0123021269

    Sidney Kan

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    1. Hi Sidney! Thank you for the invite but I am not competition material hah...hah...I get really nervous and cannot cook when anyone watches me.Thanks again!

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  4. Maybe one of the day, if i am not lazy, i will try it out...

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    1. hah..hah...you are always lazy one.....

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  5. Morning Phong Hong.. When I see mum's spaghetti sauce, I think of bolognaise already, coz my mum's spaghetti sauce is kinda bolognaise style.. Ooohh yes, I dislike parmesan too, til today.. I think it smells like dog-poo, me worse, lagi rude, you may filter my comment if you wish..

    My mum's style is minced meat+frozen peas+Campbell cream of tomato+crispy bacon sprinkled on top, baked in oven with cheddar cheese (Chesdale or Kraft) for about few minutes.. When my mum cooks this, I tell you, I can wallop the whole casserole.. I make my own, of course (it's pretty simple), but I don't know, my "hand" and mum's "hand", different.. Hers taste so much nicer..

    Hmm... Anyway, back to your spaghetti sauce.. My spaghetti sauce for the kids lagi simple.. Minus tomato sauce coz Kz hates tomato sauce/base.. I just fry (lots of) garlic, minced meat, mushrooms, oyster sauce, pepper, water, corn starch.. Something like yours, but minus the ketchup, tomatoes and big onions.. Kautim.. Hubby and Kz loves it..

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    1. Hi Louiz! hahhaha! Dog poo! Lagi worse than me huh? I thought baby's vomit was bad. No lah, won't filter your comment. I appreciate honesty, as long as we are not saying anything about someone, it is OK.

      Your mum's version sounds good too. Got bacon lah! Even more syiok I tell you! I must try that. Hey, same here. My mum's spaghetti sauce tastes better. Even her salad dressing tastes better. Don't know if it is psychological or what.

      Now, your version without tomato sauce pun sounds good. Chinese style like lam mee. I will try this too!

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  6. Yummy ! Luckily I had aglio olio yesterday! !

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    1. Yah, Chris. I remember your Aglio Olio with turkey bacon :)

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  7. ah, your mum's version of spaghetti sauce - using ketchup and oyster sauce, sounds interesting.. actually ketchup does the trick also lah, haha, just that probably you don't have the same texture from using puree or tomatoes.. for me, i don't even make the sauce from scratch, just buy a jar of pasta sauce (that comes with many flavors to choose from) and that's it.. haha!!

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    1. Hi SK! I don't like the jar pasta sauce either. I find the smell too strong. That's why lah I have to resort to using my mum's sauce. I have loved it since young and still love it now. Any other pasta sauce can't compare with my mum's!

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  8. and i gotta agree with you.. somehow with the pasta slightly tossed, they taste nicer!! way nicer than just cooked them and then pour the sauce over.. and have you ever do your spaghetti the CKT style?? haha, i tell you, it is actually nice too~~

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    1. You fried the spaghetti CKT style? hee..hee...I can try that and if it comes out nice then I will post it!

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    1. Yalor...next time I put bacon also :)

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  10. Hi Phong Hong, I bought a pack of Angel Hair spaghetti. I think I try with this mummy's sauce. Looks good and should taste good-lah. Tossing the spaghetti with fried onions, hmmm ...my yummy.

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    1. Kimmy, I hope you like it! I am so used to my mum's sauce, all the other sauce especially if Italian style, I find it not nice.

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  11. Good morning Phong Hong,

    Still morning right? but going to be noon soon. Noon = lunch time. Now that I see your spaghetti I want to eat it right away. Looks tasty. Who cares if it is not the Italian version, as long as it tastes good, it is good to go.

    You must be happy that your partner appreciates your cooking. Keep cooking!

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    1. Hi Mun! Luckily for me my partner is not a picky eater. He pretty much eats anything and does not mind if his food has gone cold. I am happy that he eats what I cook. hee..hee...

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  12. This is mun in case you are wondering who zmun2 is. I am using 2 ids to comment.

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    1. Don't worry, Mun. I know it's you :)

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  13. Hi Phong Hong, this spaghetti with your mum's special sauce is indeed very tempting and irresistible. I have been looking around for a simple and easy home made spaghetti sauce and I know I have finally found it!!!! Thanks Phong Hong for sharing. I am bookmarking this special recipe. You have a wonderful day and cheers :)

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    1. Hi Ivy! I do hope that you will be happy with my mum's spaghetti sauce. My family loves it and we can polish off a huge bowl of pasta!

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  14. Hi Phong Hong,
    Thanks for sharing another wonderful secret recipe of yours.
    Such delicious homemade spaghetti sauce, other then with spaghetti I guess as pizza topping also great hor!! Yum!
    mui

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    1. Hi mui mui! Hey, I never thought if using it as pizza topping! hee..hee..I can experiment with that, thanks for the idea :)

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  15. Hi Phong Hong,

    I love my carbs too... No doubt that it is really tough living without it :D

    Plus, you will disappoint mum too if you don't enjoy this lovely pasta... No worries, then!

    Zoe

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    1. Hi Zoe! hah..hah...don't worry, I had a nice helping of the spaghetti. I made too much on purpose hee..hee...

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  16. Hee hee, I know it's not difficult to make the sauce... I'm lazy lah ...just buy a jar of pasta sauce with different flavour. Your spaghetti looks delicious!

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    1. Hi Karen! If you like the one from the jar then it is a lot more convenient. Somehow, I don't like the taste, thanks to mum hee..hee...

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  17. Yes, I do the sauce like this too.. the chinese traditional way! My kids also love it.. fresh tomatoes, ketchup.... onions.. mushroom buttons, I put in some mixed vege too.. yummy sauce... sometimes I use Prego to thicken the sauce.. :)

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    1. Hi Claire! Ah, so you know how good this is. I bought Prego recently but not to my taste lah.

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  18. Hi Phong Hong, This looks & sounds delicious . Thanks for sharing your mum's recipe , will try it out soon as my sons LOVE pasta ;)

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    1. Hi Kit! Hope that you love it as much as I do!

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  19. Don't totally avoid carbs. You need them also for energy. :)

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    1. Lina, this is just temporary. I need to burn my lemak-lemak. Once I achieve target weight, I will re-introduce carbs to my diet. In moderation of course!

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  20. IMHO I would rather avoid sugar than carbs. When I stop eating sweets it's like 1 kilo less per week:)
    I must admit I hardly make any spaghetti, as my husband is not a big fan of it. Never thought of the smell or parmesan this way:)))))

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    1. Hi Ola! Most of us love carbs. Quite a torture not eating it but so far I have gotten used to it. But I still do crave for my rice and noodles :(

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  21. Hi Phong Hong,
    Mothers' recipes are always the best! That I can totally agree!
    I have never tried using oyster sauce in spaghetti sauce, will try it one day!

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    1. Hi Joyce! You should tell that to your kids. Mum's food is the best! I am sure they already agree. hee..hee...

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  22. Mothers' cooking always taste the best I always said to my boys:D This dish goes to prove it further that this theory is right! Looks yummy!

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    1. Jeannie, I know your cooking and baking is good lah..hee..hee...

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  23. I love spaghetti! But usually I just buy those canned tomato sauce to cook, easy and save time (I am a lazy cook xDD)

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    1. Hi Hayley! If you like the canned tomato sauce then it is more convenient. Just that I don't like the taste, so have to cook my own.

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  24. Hi dear.......how r u?? The spagetthi looks too yummy...tc n have a nice day

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    1. Hi GK! Long time no see! I better hop over and peep at what's cooking in your kitchen!

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  25. oooh tak! poproszę! i potem o dokładkę!:)

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  26. Marcela, Oczywiście można mieć więcej!

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  27. Your home made spaghetti sauce looks delicious!

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  28. My wife lost almost 20kgs by just skipping all carbo for 1 month! How to do it? I can die la.

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    1. TM, that is impressive! 20kgs is a lot of weight. Mine is moving way too slow possible because I cheat :(

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