Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam, also known as “Ngoh Hiang Kway,” is a cherished zi char delight celebrated for its comforting combination of flavors and contrasting textures. This dish features succulent pork belly marinated with aromatic five spice powder, then braised to tender perfection alongside tender chunks of yam. The harmony of the rich pork and the naturally sweet yam creates a delightful medley, while the blend of spices adds depth and complexity. Loved for its nostalgic taste and the satisfying contrast between soft and crispy elements, Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam has secured its place as a well-liked zi char favorite, offering a flavorful and hearty experience that resonates with diners seeking a satisfying and indulgent meal. 

Why People Love Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam is a dish that is loved for its unique blend of sweet and savoury flavours, complemented by a balance of aromatic and slightly spicy notes. The dish has a comforting texture that makes it perfect for sharing with loved ones. The tender pork belly melts in your mouth while the soft yam cubes offer a satisfying bite. Additionally, the recipe is relatively easy to prepare and can be served with rice, noodles or even steamed buns. 

What You Need For Your Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs:

Making Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g pork belly, cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 1 medium-sized yam, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil 
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce 
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp five spice powder 
  • 3 slices ginger 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 2 stalks spring onions, chopped

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Servings: 4-6 

How To Cook Salt and Pepper Pork Ribs

Step 1

Heat the vegetable oil in a wok or a large pan over medium heat. Add the sugar and cook until it melts and turns brown.

Step 2

Add the pork belly to the pan and stir-fry until it is browned on all sides.

Step 3

Add the ginger and garlic to the pan and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Step 4

Add the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, five spice powder and water to the pan. Stir well and bring it to a boil.

Step 5

Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 1 hour.

Step 6

Add the yam to the pan and simmer for another 30 minutes or until the pork and yam are tender.

Step 7

Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot with rice. 

Serving Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam with Other Dishes 

Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam can be served with a variety of accompaniments, such as steamed rice, noodles, or even steamed buns. Some people also like to serve it with stir-fried vegetables like bok choy or broccoli to balance out the richness of the pork belly. Additionally, the dish pairs well with a light, refreshing salad or pickled vegetables to cut through the richness of the meat. 

Nutritional/Health Benefits 

  1. Protein and Healthy Fats: Pork belly provides a balance of protein and healthy fats, necessary for muscle growth, energy, and overall body functions. 
  2. Vitamins and Minerals: Pork belly offers essential nutrients such as B vitamins (B6, B12) for energy metabolism, zinc for immune support, and phosphorus for bone health. 
  3. Spice Blend: The five spice powder often used in the dish contains aromatic spices like cinnamon and star anise, which may offer antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 
  4. Complex Carbohydrates from Yam: Yam contributes complex carbohydrates that provide sustained energy and help maintain steady blood sugar levels. 
  5. Fiber Content: Yam contains dietary fiber that supports digestion, helps maintain a feeling of fullness, and supports gut health. 
  6. Mineral Content: Both pork belly and yam provide minerals like iron, potassium, and magnesium, which play roles in oxygen transport, fluid balance, and muscle function. 
  7. Flavorful Cooking Method: The braising process allows the flavors of the ingredients to meld, creating a rich and savory taste without excessive added fats. 
  8. Texture Contrast: The combination of tender pork belly and soft yam, potentially enhanced with crispy elements, creates a satisfying textural contrast. 
  9. Balanced Meal Component: When served with a variety of colorful vegetables or whole grains, Five Spice Braised Pork Belly with Yam can contribute to a balanced meal with diverse nutrients. 

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

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