Wacky Snacks: Mang Tomas All Purpose Sauce

Categories: Wacky Snacks

Edwin Goei
Name: Mang Tomas All Purpose Sauce

Origin: Philippines

Found at: Bodega R Ranch, Tustin

Cost: $0.79

Water, Cane Sugar, Bread Crumbs (Flour, Sugar and Palm Oil), Cane Vinegar, Salt, Hydrolized Plant Protein (Soy Protein), Onions, Garlic, Black Pepper, and 0.1% Sodium Benzoate Added As A Preservative

Why I Bought It:
The name. A friend quipped, "Does it clean floors too?" Of all things that the "all purpose" label should be applied to, I wouldn't think a bottled sauce to be one of them. The lack of specificity seem opposite to, say, the French, who have a different name for even the slightest variation of béchamel. This one either bespeaks of either confidence or laziness. I say confidence. Read on.

Tasting Notes:
Surprisingly, this sauce might just be true to its name. So far, I've used it to dip some fried tofu in, which is as blank a slate as any. And darn it if it didn't taste awesome. Though the consistency is goopy and slightly gelatin-like, and the color a dull brown, it's got a tart, sweet, and garlicky flavor perfect for accompanying, well, almost anything. Those Filipino egg rolls called lumpia Shanghai or roasted pork called lechon would be ideal, but I can see it highlighting eggs, fries, maybe even taquitos. It can take on food in any weight class. This is the Manny Pacquiao of sauces!

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Sol Squire
Sol Squire

Water, Cane Sugar, Bread Crumbs.... why is this not the featured sauce at Burger King?  Sugar and water!  The fuel of American cuisine!


The version available in the Phils DOES contain liver, but apparently the US version doesn't.


Hi Grace,

Traditional homemade lechon sauce is made FROM the liver of the roasted pig. I guess you can think of it as giblet gravy.

I'm pretty sure Mang Tomas does not contain any liver in it, though it is used for lechon dipping.

grace le
grace le

made FROM the liver of roasted pig???!? or made FOR the liver of roasted pig?? ...because that is a dangerous mistake waiting to be made. especially for a hot sauce loving vegetarian like myself. 0_o


Manny Pacquiao of sauces, indeed, Ed. Mang Tomas, or as I like to call it, "That Homeboy Tommy", is used primarily for lechon. It's a commercial version of traditional lechon sauce that is usually made from the liver of the roasted pig.

But like you said, it's good on anything!

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