corned beef – tomatoed and thymed

by Anne Grace on February 27, 2011

i’ve got a mauritian friend who has a rather different style of cooking so i’ve always been rather interested in learning how to cook the dishes she makes. the difference in geographical location kinda justifies the different styles we’re into. so this is something i learnt from her.

i’m not too sure whether this is a mauritian thing or just an S. Ng thing. all i know is that it tastes pretty darn good with rice.  i warn you though, the dish doesn’t look all that appetising but trust me, it tastes better than it looks.

tomato and thyme corned beef (recipe from the mauritian, S. Ng)

a can of corned beef
a can of whole peeled / diced tomatoes
half an onion (or a whole, if you love ‘em) thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
5-6 thyme sprigs (or 2 tspn dried thyme)
parsley to garnish (optional)


1. fry corned beef till half cooked (you won’t really see a change in colour or texture. i went by my instincts) and take them out.
2. then fry the onion, garlic till brownish and add in the thyme.
3. throw in the tomatoes and about 1/4 cup of water and allow it to simmer for about 8 minutes.
4. add in as much sugar and salt as you desire, according to your taste then put the corned beef back in and let it cook for another 5 minutes.


my brother said it looked like a pile of brains. me thinks he’s changed the statement to ‘tasty brains’

trust me, it tastes better than it looks.


AMAZING. I’ve never seen corned beef as a good food item, and it never occurred to me, until this post, that it was possible to mix other flavours into it. Amazing.

by Eli on March 19, 2011 at 4:49 am. Reply #

try it! when my friend cooked it i was like ooooolalalala~ and it’s possible to make it under your circumstances because the only fresh ingredients you need are the garlic and onion. :D

by anne on March 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm. Reply #

My mauritian ex’s mother used to cook me something very similar to this, but with a LOT of chilli (the family put chilli in everything). It was amazing!!!! I hate removing the meat from the can, but once the fat is removed it is lean and delicious. It works well savoury crepe, too.

by Karin on January 6, 2012 at 8:53 am. Reply #

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