Pork Chops in HK Tomato Sauce
By :Amy Jacky
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Easy Instant Pot Pork Chops in HK Tomato Sauce Recipe: Tender & moist pork chops, soaked in delicious umami-packed tomato sauce. Super comfort food that both adults and kids are going to love
Votes: 22
Rating: 4.36
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 15-30 min
Diet Low Carb, Paleo
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork, Soy Sauce, Tomato Paste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pork loin chops boneless, 1 1/4 inches thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 8 mushrooms sliced
  • 1/5 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper ground
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 15-30 min
Diet Low Carb, Paleo
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Pork, Soy Sauce, Tomato Paste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 pork loin chops boneless, 1 1/4 inches thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 8 mushrooms sliced
  • 1/5 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup of water
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper ground
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
Votes: 22
Rating: 4.36
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Instructions
  1. Tenderize the Pork Chops: Use the backend of a heavy knife, pound both sides of the pork chops to tenderize the meat.
  2. Marinate the Pork Chops: Marinate the tenderized pork chops for 20 minutes with a mixture of 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, all of the light soy sauce and dark soy sauce.
  3. Press Sauté on the Instant Pot. wait until the indicator says "hot". This will prevent the pork chops from sticking to the pot.
  4. Clean the mushrooms with a damp paper towel and prepare the rest of the ingredients as listed.
  5. Add peanut oil into the pot. Ensure to coat the oil over the whole bottom of the pot. Add the marinated pork chops into the pot, then let it brown for roughly 1 – 2 minutes on each side (don’t need to keep flipping). Do not let it burn. Remove and set aside.
  6. Brown the Onion, Shallot, Garlic, and Mushrooms: Add in the sliced onions, diced shallot and stir. Add a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper to season if you like.
  7. Cook the onions and shallot for roughly 1 minute until soften. Then, add garlic and stir for 30 seconds until fragrant.
  8. Add in the mushrooms and cook for another minute. Taste seasoning and adjust with more kosher salt and ground black pepper if necessary.
  9. Add 1/4 cup of water and fully deglaze the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  10. Create the Tomato Sauce: Add in 3/4 cup of water, ketchup, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Mix well.
  11. Place the pork chops back with all the meat juice into the pot. Close lid and pressure cook at High Pressure for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and let it fully Natural Release (roughly 10 minutes). Open the lid carefully.
  12. Remove the pork chops and set aside. Turn heat to medium by pressing the sauté button. Taste the seasoning one more time. Add more salt and pepper if desired. Mix the cornstarch with water and mix it into the tomato sauce one third at a time until desired thickness.
  13. Drizzle the tomato sauce over the pork chops and serve immediately with side dishes.
Recipe Notes
  1. Best Instant Pot Pork Chops Cooking Time & Method: You wouldn’t want to overcook pork chops as they’ll become tough and dry. Since pork chops cook in a flash in the pressure cooker, we did a Pressure Cooker Pork Chops Experiment to find the best cooking time to make perfect instant pot pork chops! After testing with 5 batches of Instant Pot pork chops, we found cooking at High Pressure for 1 minute, then Natural Release creates a delicious and perfectly cooked pork chops.
  2. Purchasing Pork Chops: Try to choose pork chops with some marbling of fat. The pork chops we used were roughly 1.25 inches thick.
  3. Tenderize the Pork Chops: Make sure to tenderize the pork loin chops before marinating them. This is an important step!!
  4. Mixing in the Tomato Paste: Mixing in 2 ounces tomato paste to 8.5 ounces of water should not cause scorching. If you are unsure, just let the tomato paste sit on top of all the other ingredients unmixed. Avoid mixing in the tomato paste if you exceed the 1 cup of tomato paste to 5 cups of water ratio.
  5. Water vs. Chicken Stock: We used water instead of our homemade unsalted chicken stock in this recipe as most Cha Chaan Teng use water (way cheaper) to make this tomato sauce.

 

18 replies
  1. hollyholz
    hollyholz says:

    easy and authentic! one of my go to dishes 🙂 i add an extra step by sprinkling cheese on top of the pork chops, and baking it in a casserole for 5 mins. (i also place the pork chops over rice and pasta like the hk style cafes) delish!

  2. space2001
    space2001 says:

    Very tasty

    I was not sure about the sesame oil as to when/where this went in.
    Also it wasnt clear that the tomatoe sauce should benmixed in with final onions/mushroom juices or whether to keep separate. I mixed it in after removing the pork loins.
    I also added green peopers with the mushroom and onion.
    Very tasty

  3. nxsuzu
    nxsuzu says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Super easy and best of all, my kiddos LOVED it!! That’s when i know this is GOOD!!

  4. WBintliff
    WBintliff says:

    I made this keto friendly I leaving out the sugar and the corn starch. It was still awesome! Highly recommend

  5. Shauna825
    Shauna825 says:

    Just ok. For how much work and ingredients went into this i expected it to taste better/have more flavor.

  6. dmphotos
    dmphotos says:

    Chops were tender and juicy but lacked seasoning. Will make again but increase amount of and variety of seasonings. Will add Serano pepper for interest.

  7. hey_ka
    hey_ka says:

    The sauce was much more bland than I had anticipated and the instructions were difficult to follow—some of the ingredients weren’t even used and some instructions contradicted the previous instructions. Even though I read ahead, I still found myself improvising.

  8. Jgilleo
    Jgilleo says:

    Was confused about whether to add the sauce before pressure cooking or not. I did and it turned out fine!

  9. Yummoroth19
    Yummoroth19 says:

    Really good flavor. But the recipe was a bit tough to follow. It repeated itself and having to convert 1/6 cup is a bit challenging, using the standard measuring tools.

  10. Cheleste
    Cheleste says:

    Love the concept. Quick to make and tender chops with lots of nice sauce.
    Husband loved it as is, and I would try once with some heat and always with a bit more of some kind of spice or herbs.

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