Even though I spent the first eight years of my life in Hong Kong, my childhood Memorable Dishes could easily have come from a child in North America. The British influences in Hong Kong have added a plethora of interesting dishes to the Hong Kong people. Because of my mom’s adventurous nature in the culinary world, my childhood dishes were made up of both Chinese and Western dishes.
One of my most fondest memories was our weekend potluck parties with friends and family. These weekend gatherings consisted of lots of yummy food coupled with mahjong games for the adults. The kids were left to their own devices while the adults played mahjong. I don’t know why we had so much fun playing even though Hong Kong apartments were fairly small.
When we got hungry from playing, we would grab these stuffed tomatoes and pop them into our mouths. Well, maybe not pop them but took a couple of big bites. At that time, neither cherry nor cocktail tomatoes were available in Hong Kong so my mom used the smallest tomatoes she could find to make these delicious snacks.
I just found out from my mom that she used butter in this recipe. No wonder why they tasted so good! I am recreating this dish using small vine-ripened cocktail tomatoes. Feel free to use cherry tomatoes if you want them to be more bite-sized.
- 12 Cocktail Tomatoes (ripe but firm)
- 1 cup diced Ham
- 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
- 1 tsp of melted Butter (Use if you want to keep it the old school way. Omit if you are more health conscious 🙂
- A few dashes of White Pepper
- Parsley for garnish (optional)
- Cut the top of the tomatoes big enough to scoop out the seeds. Scoop and discard the seeds.
- Cut a bit off the bottom of the tomatoes so that the tomatoes can stand up.
- Turn the hollowed out tomatoes open-side down so you can drain the extra juice out.
- Mix ham, mayonnaise, butter (if using).
- Fill tomatoes with ham mixture.
- Garnish with parsley if using.
Note #1: If you can’t find cocktail tomatoes and end up using bigger tomatoes, you can cut bigger tomatoes in half instead.
Note #2: You can prep this a few hours ahead and leave it in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, scoop the ham mixture into the tomatoes.