Stuffed Tomatoes – Ca Chua Nhoi Thit

stuffed tomatoes

 

Recently we went through a phase of really missing home made Vietnamese comfort food so we made ca kho to (braised catfish in clay pot), and thit kho (Vietnamese braised pork–recipe soon), banh mi, but another one of our favorite Vietnamese comfort food is stuffed tomatoes, ca chua nhoi thit. This is one of my family favorite dishes of my Aunt nine who taught me her recipe. Stuffed tomatoes is rarely found in Vietnamese restaurants but pretty common in family dinners. The sweet juices of the tomatoes and the stuffing make this a really tasty dish with rice. The pork stuffing recipe is very popular in Vietnamese cuisine and can also be used as a base for making eggrolls, cha trung hap in com tam (pork/egg custard in broken rice dishes), and for stuffing tofu, bell peppers, game hens, catfish, and bitter melon.

 

stuffed tomatoes
Stuffed Tomatoes Ca Chua Nhoi Thit
Printable Recipe
  • 1/2 lb of ground pork
  • 1 tsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 tsp of fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbs diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup of wood ear mushrooms, chopped into small sections (soak in hot water for about 10 min or until softened)
  • 1/2 cup of bean thread noodles, cut in 1-2″ length (soak in hot water for about 10 min or until soften)
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes
  • Can of tomato sauce (optional)
  • 1 green onion, thinly diced
  • cooking oil and minced garlic for the sautee
My Aunt’s recipe calls for sectioning the tomatoes horizontally in half and coring out the inside. Set aside. If you cut the tomato at the top, there’s alot of stuff that may cook unevenly and take a long time. By cutting it in half, you’re able to use both halves and the smaller amount of stuffing results in shorter and even cooking. Save the cored tomatoes for the sauce.
stuffed tomatoes
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pork, fish sauce, sugar, pepper, salt, shallots, wood ear mushrooms, bean thread noodles. Now you’re ready to stuff the tomatoes. Stuff just to the top of the tomotoes, leaving a flat surface for even cooking.
stuffed tomatoes

 

In a large sautee pan, heat cooking oil and garlic on medium high heat. Add the stuffed tomatoes with the stuffing side down first. Also add the cored tomatoes around as well. Cook until the meat is nicely golden brown and flip once. The cored tomatoes will also soften and turn in beautiful sauce. If you like more sauce, supplement with your favorite brand of canned tomato sauce. Season with fish sauce or salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with thinly diced green onions.

 

Enjoy as an appetizer or with rice.
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31 Responses to “Stuffed Tomatoes – Ca Chua Nhoi Thit”

  1. 1

    Mochachocolata Rita — August 31, 2009 @ 7:32 am

    yum! and look at all those wonderful tomatoey meaty juices….very appetizing!

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    Ravenous Couple — September 1, 2009 @ 2:24 am

    rita: stuffed tomatoes are nothing fancy, but they are sure tasty!

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    diva — September 1, 2009 @ 2:43 am

    oh these look delicious and good for a great starter! thanks for stoppin by The Sugar Bar by the way :) x

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    Ravenous Couple — September 1, 2009 @ 2:53 am

    diva: ca chua nhoi thit is also awesome with lots of rice!

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    Jackie at Phamfatale.com — September 1, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    Agreed. Cà chua nhồi thịt is the ultimate VN comfort food. Gotta eat it with a ton of steamed jasmine rice. It's 2am but oh boy I'm getting hungry 😛

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    Ravenous Couple — September 1, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    jackie: these stuffed tomato beauties were definitly paired with a lot of steaming white rice! :)

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    Anonymous — September 1, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

    Love your blog! Just moved to west Texas far away from mom's cooking and any Vietnamese civilization so now I'm forced to learn to cook. This is one of my mom's comfort foods. Can't wait to do this myself. I'll be sure to check out your other recipes whenever I get homesick.

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    Ravenous Couple — September 1, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

    Anon: hey, that's how we started cooking too! Plus, cooking your mom's recipes such as stuffed tomatoes are a great way to share and keep in touch.

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    Sputnik — September 2, 2009 @ 1:38 am

    Whoa, this looks really straightforward and delicious! Cant wait to try it…Neat blog you got here…Vietnamese food's one of my favorites…

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    Ravenous Couple — September 2, 2009 @ 2:09 am

    sputnik: ca chua nhoi thit combines alot of tasty flavors. Let us know if you try it!

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    French Accent — September 2, 2009 @ 3:55 am

    I've loved this kind of stuffed tomatoes since childhood, so this brings back a lot of good memories! Your pictures are always gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    Ravenous Couple — September 2, 2009 @ 4:09 am

    french accent: we're glad ca chua nhoi thit brings back good memories for you–that's why we love it as comfort food.

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    petite nyonya — September 12, 2009 @ 1:39 pm

    Hi Ravenous Couple, thank you for leaving your footprint on my blog as I'm really glad that I found yours too. You have so many wonderful Vietnamese recipes and I'm really keen to learn and try out some. This stuffed tomatoes truly look so succulent!

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    Mai — September 17, 2009 @ 4:49 pm

    Thanks for posting this recipe & pics. Looking at the beautiful pics bring back a lot of childhood memories. My mom used to made these and they are so good when eaten with rice. I need to make some to create the same lasting comforting memories for my kiddos.

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    Ravenous Couple — September 17, 2009 @ 5:13 pm

    petite nyonya: ca chua nhoi thit is really great with the juicy tomatoes and savory pork, mushrooms and glass noodles.

    Mai: Stuffed tomatoes is feel good dish! :) Let us know how it goes for you.

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    Felicia — October 28, 2009 @ 3:55 am

    Thanks for the recipe… just made it for diner tonight and it turned out great!!! Please keep posting viet recipes :)

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    Ravenous Couple — October 28, 2009 @ 3:58 am

    Felicia: Thank you so much for letting us know how this turned out. So glad you enjoyed ca chua nhoi thit! It's a great base to make other things such as egg rolls and other dishes.

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    Sunshine — April 5, 2010 @ 2:59 am

    Thanks for this easy recipe! It took me an hour since I'm slow with chopping and scooping, but I made 16 of these for an Easter potluck and they were gone quickly.

    Look forward to more of your recipes!

    :) Linda H.

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    Andrew L. — May 25, 2010 @ 2:02 pm

    YUM I love this!!
    Thanks so much for putting up this recipe, ever since I've moved to the otherside of Australia away from home I've been inspired to feverishly build up my viet cooking reportoire.. I cant believe I forgot the existence of this dish and how much it comforted me when my mom cooked it once in a blue moon!! What do you guys think of adding pineapple?

    Every once in a while, just thinking about a particular dish brings home so many smells, tastes and emotions of a bygone time.. and for me this is definitely one of them!

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    Ravenous Couple — May 26, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    Andrew: thanks for sharing your experiences..let us know if you make it and how it turns out!

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    cremebrulee — August 15, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My mum used to make this quite frequently when I was growing up and I agree with your description of it as Vietnamese comfort food. I couldn't wait to try your recipe and made it last night and, oh my gosh, it was just beautiful!! So delicious!! My husband and I didn't think we would finish 8 stuffed tomato halves between us, but we did!

    I added some finely chopped carrots to the mince mixture for extra sweetness. I don't remember my mum serving the stuffed tomatoes with a sauce but your idea of adding the cored tomatoes was really lovely. I can't wait to make this again!

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    Duan — February 13, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

    reading this reminded me of the days my late grandma would make this for the family for dinner. I seriously wished that I was a bit older to know better and learned her cooking ways, but I'm glad you guys are keeping the Vietnamese culinary cooking going. It's so good flavorful and good for you (in moderation of course).

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    Pengelon — July 28, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I made this for dinner tonight. My stuffed tomatoes does not look as good as yours, but it was delicious.

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    Stormie — December 19, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    This was a great success tonight! The family loved it! All of my tomatoes did not turn out at pretty as yours…….but it was Delicious all the same!… Thank You!
    You da bomb!!

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    Michael Kealey — July 5, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    My partner is Vietnamese and for years we have made a dish that his family (from North Vietnam) calls “Faci Ca Chua” (Sorry – don’t have the ability or knowledge of how to properly punctuate, and this is spelled phonetically). Have you ever heard this term used for this dish? Your recipe seems to be nearly exactly the same recipe. Same recipe? or something slightly different? Any thoughts?

    Just curious. Delicious meal though and I am about to make it this very moment for dinner tonight as a surprise for my husband-like companion.

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    Yen Duong — September 16, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    Just made this for dinner last night- loved it! Thanks so so much for posting; it reminds me of childhood and my mom =)

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    Pam — February 26, 2014 @ 10:14 pm

    Thank you so much for your Vietnamese recipes! Since my dad passed away, I’ve been trying to cope by cooking his famous dishes. Your recipes are the closest to his own. Thank you for sharing them.
    Best to you,
    Pam

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