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Mang Tomas: Your all Around food sauce!

Updated on January 21, 2012

Mang Tomas Sauce

Mang Tomas Sauce is local to the Philippines, It is the most known all around sauce and mostly used on the most beloved Lechon. Thus, it is mostly revered as a "Mang Tomas Lechon Sauce". It is also an All around, All purpose sauce, seems like ti goes pretty well with almost anything. he Mang Tomas sauce is now a part of the Filipino Culture, made as a sauce to fried food, vegetables and other local crunchy Filipino treats.

Mang Tomas Lechon Sauce

The Lechon

Lechon is the Philippines version of Roast pig (or cow). The Pig is butchered and opened up, spices such as tanglad, onions, garlic, salt and pepper are filled in the pigs and giant skewer is pushed from its behind to the mouth (Looking like a giant Barbecue).

The pig, skewered, will then be suspended in and roasted using charcoal. The pig turns red when ready. It may take 2 to 4 hours to cook the whole pig, but it's worth the wait. This is a delicious treat.

Lechon Ready : Go Mang Tomas Sauce!

There are lots of variations on how Lechon is made and served. Some prefer to put the Lechon on the tables with guests ready to go and pick their part, while others have them chopped when served. There is only one sauce that is served with the Lechon : The Mang Tomas Lechon Sauce.

There are some other alternatives to pair with the Lechon in the past, but since the inception of the Mang Tomas Lechon Sauce, it seemed like everything changed. It became a prerequisite to every Lechon. It’s just that great, that’s how it is.

Mang tomas serving

Mang Tomas is a sauce based on Liver sauce but far more GREATER! You will see that the Mang Tomas is a thick sauce with pigments (You can tell that there are plenty of spice in there). It does not have a very strong taste like most all around sauces in the market, it is somewhat moderate; yet it has found an appeal for the Filipinos native taste for good food.

Mang Tomas is usually paired on all types of Lechon. The sauce is put on the side or on the top of the Lechon. Households put Mang Tomas in the center of the table, inside a bowl for the whole family to share.

Mang Tomas on other food

Mang Tomas is almost often used in lechon paksiw and Other delights!

Mang Tomas, although quite famous for beign a perfect pair with the Lechon Baboy (Roast pig), goes along with any othe lechon. This sauce is much like the gravy of America, but I personally it is by far better. It is well seasoned an goes along with fried food as well.

One particular application of the Mang Tomas sauce is the Lechon Paksiw. Since the sauce already has a llot of seasonings, and vinegar, it is often used as an ingredient to other recipes. Paksiw is a common Filipino food used. Cooked by Putting Ginger, Onions, sometimes tomatoes, garlic and Vinegar, this makes a slightly sour taste. People usually put in sugar to give slight sweetness. What's fascinating is it commonly used on Lechon. When The Lechon becomes cold, It is made into a Paksiw, and at the same time, it is still paired with the Mang Tomas sauce. Pretty Amazing huh?

Pork pork pork...

Mang Tomas is extremely powerful against the fried and griled pork chop! Man, If you could tear down a whole Lechon with Mang Tomas, Much more for the little slices of Pork chop. The Animal rights activists and advocates should start suing Mang Tomas. Save the Pig's life. They are in grave danger with Mang Tomas. If they made a quick research, they'd see the facts that Mang Tomas is affecting the pork populace.

I was thinking just now, the ratio of bottles sold to the number of pigs butchered could be in 1 is to one correspondence.

You'd love Mang Tomas Fried chicken!

It faun to have a gravy like sauce come in handy. This sauce comes perfect with Chicken Recipes as well. it's a good substitute for the KFC gravy when you're making your own fried Chicken at home. It is slightly sweeter than The KFC gravy, its the Filipino tongue that makes it sweet.

It's more amazing on Roasted Chicken!

Ever since the Mang Tomas sauce made its way as the top pair of Lechon, it made a partner on every single Lechon as well. In the Philippines, almost every street corner has a Chicken Lechon stand, and every single one of them made a sauce similar to that of Mang Tomas'. Each of them failed of course. Its best to think that the Lechon manok (Roast chicken) is made yummier when you use Mang Tomas.

Mang Tomas Ingredients - These are the Ingredients listed on the back label of the Mang Tomas Sauce:

  • Water
  • Sugar – This explains why the Mang Tomas Sauces have great appeal for Kids!
  • Bread Crumbs – This makes the sauce smoother and improves the texture
  • Vinegar – for taste, people actually like to tingle their tongue with a little with this sour taste
  • Salt – every loves this. Need I say more?
  • Liver - Now this is the best part of the sauce. You can add starches of any kind to the sauce to make it thicker, but having liver, I mean real liver, on the sauce makes it more enticing and flavorful. Livers produce unique tastes that every tongue loves, not to mention the texture adding much appeal.
  • Spices – Well, they didn’t specify. I think it remains a secret up to this day. Hmmm…
  • Spices – Well, they didn’t specify. I think it remains a secret up to this day. Hmmm…
  • 0.1% Sodium Benzoate as a Preservative. – keeping them fresh for storage, extending the shelf life of the sauce.

Mang Tomas sauce Nutritional facts

This is what they say on the back label! Mang Tomas doesn't have to be healthy, it paired with Lechon anyway!

  • Serving size: 2 tbsps (32g)
  • Calories: 35
  • Total Fat : 1g (2 %) won't hurt that much!
  • Total Carb : 7 g (2 %)
  • Protein : 0 g

Mang Tomas Manufacturer

Mang Tomas is a product of Southeast Asia food, Inc. and based at Pasay city, Philippines.

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      3 months ago

      How long does an opened bottle of mang Tomas last when kept in the fridge? The bottle I have has no expiration date.

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      2 years ago

      Great article but what's the shelf life?

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      4 years ago

      Lasang Pinoy • 15 hours ago

      Mng Tomas Company Please lang po paki explain bakit the same bottle at labels ang Mng Andok sauce. Nasanay na ako sa Mng Tomas labels at bottles. Isang pagkakamali, I brought home Mng Andok sauce dahil na rin sa akalang Mng Tomas dahil sa kulay, sa bote at labels ay parehong pareho. Pero sa lasa ay iba. Ano ba ito Mng Tomas. Isang panloloko at pandurugas sa mga suki ng Mng Tomas. I am a die hard Mng Tomas. Kailan man di ko ipagpapalit ang Mng Tomas. Dahil na rin sa anyo na parang twin sauce and Andok and Mng Tomas. Sa galit ibinato ko and Andok sauce. Siguro mas masaya ang consumer kung ang bawat sauce ay may kanya kanyang hugis ng bote at ibang kulay ng etiketa. PLease wag naman gawin suka ang toyo. Salamat po. Mabuhay Mng Tomas Sauce.

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      6 years ago

      The company is not based in Pasay City, it is based in Pasig City. Southeast Asia Food, Inc. is an affiliate of Nutri-Asia, Inc. Thanks for the good reviews...the product is so good that it still remains the no. 1 lechon sauce/all around sauce in many Pinoy households through the years.

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      6 years ago

      I'm looking for mang tomas barbecue sauce and I can't find it in any store, is the production stopped? thanks for any info.

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      7 years ago

      I visited the Philippines and went to Cebu for that world famous Lechon! It was delicious BUT, I didn't see any mang tomas sauce! I read your description carefully and was disappointed to see that liver is an ingredient. I hate liver so I guess I won't find the mang Tomas sauce to be good for my tongue. Its the same reason why I refused to eat dinuguan and beta-max. Thanks for the article. I enjoyed reading it and looking at the photos!


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