Fan Fried Rice Bar (740 Driggs Ave.) is a Taiwanese restaurant that opened in May on a quiet corner of South Williamsburg. The menu highlights several different versions of fried rice alongside smaller bites like popcorn chicken. 

September comes with two new features at Fan Fried Rice Bar. The restaurant is opening an additional room of indoor seating and starting to serve brunch this month.

For this week’s Community Cookbook recipe, Paul Chen, the owner and chef at Fan Fried Rice Bar, has shared one of his favorite Taiwanese recipes, a simple side dish of tomatoes. 

“This dish is an old-fashioned way to enjoy the beautiful seasonal produce. It’s a common way to eat tomatoes in the Taiwanese countryside, especially in the South,” said Chen.

Fan Fried Rice Bar’s Southern Taiwan Tomato Platter. Photo: Paul Chen of Fan Fried Rice Bar

Fan Fried Rice Bar’s Southern Taiwan Tomato Platter 古早味蕃茄切盤


Serves 3-4 people


2 beefsteak tomatoes 

1/3 cup of soy paste

1 tablespoon of powdered sugar

1 tablespoon of ginger puree or minced fresh ginger

2 teaspoons of plum powder 


  1. Slice the tomatoes into wedges and put on a plate.
  2. Peel and grate the ginger.
  3. Add all ingredients, except for the tomatoes, into a small bowl.
  4. Mix well, taste, add more sugar or ginger if you want extra flavor.
  5. Dip the tomatoes in the sauce and enjoy! 

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