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Ngoh Hiang

Ngoh Hiang Recipe (Five-Spice Meat Rolls)

Ngo Hiang Recipe (Five-Spice Pork Rolls)

Don't forget to check out the step-by-step photos on the first page for folding the ngo hiang.

Serves: 23 meat rolls

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 1 hour


  • 40 grams bean curd skin wipe both sides with slightly damp cloth; then cut to 15x10 cm (6x4 in) pieces
  • 1 egg white for securing the ngoh hiang or use the marinaded meat mixture
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

(A) Meat Filling

  • 500 grams minced pork belly (or use a fattier cut of pork) for best results, the meat should be grounded only once
  • 200 grams shallots peeled and finely chopped
  • 15 grams dried shrimps soaked in hot water until softened, pat dry with paper towels and chop finely or grind until powdery
  • 300 grams prawns coarsely chopped after removing shells and veins
  • 10 water chestnuts peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • 1/2 carrot use a zig zag peeler to julienne to thin strips, then finely chopped

(B) Seasoning

  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp five-spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper powder
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp plain flour


  1. Add (A) to a large bowl and season with (B). Mix thoroughly and marinade overnight in the fridge.
  2. To fold the ngoh hiang, lay a piece of cut bean curd skin on the work surface. Place two and half tbsp of meat filling in the lower half of the bean curd skin, leaving a small gap at the bottom and at the sides. Fold the bottom flap up and dab the side edges with egg white. Fold the sides over the meat filling and roll the meat roll tightly towards the top. Secure the remaining corner with egg white to seal the roll.
  3. Prepare a steamer lined with parchment paper. Arrange the ngoh hiang such that they do not touch one another, and steam in batches for 10 minutes each time. Let the steamed ngoh hiang cool and air dry completely on a wire rack.
  4. Heat vegetable oil in wok. Deep fry in batches, for about 2-3 minutes, until the ngoh hiang are golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towels/tempura paper before serving.

Noob Cook Tip

After steaming the ngo hiang at step 3, you can freeze the extras in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

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20 Responses to “Ngoh Hiang”

  1. Angela — December 31, 2014 @ 9:39 am

    can i know if you buy the pork from the wet market or the grounded one at NTUC?
    i tried but the ngo hiang texture is too fine , because i overmixed??


    • wiffy replied: — December 31st, 2014 @ 1:14 pm

      For ngoh hiang, I always buy the pork from the wet market. Choose the pork belly cut (the fat is nice), and tell the uncle to only ground the meat once. If you tell him that you are making ngoh hiang, he will probably know too. More details at para 2, page 1.


  2. Connie — January 20, 2015 @ 7:16 am

    Do i need to defrost the frozen ngoh hiang before i deep fry? Can i use air fryer instead of the traditional deep oil frying?


    • wiffy replied: — January 20th, 2015 @ 9:36 am

      I don’t really defrost it before deep frying. Yes, you can use the air fryer. Simply brush the ngoh hiang with vegetable oil all round and bake until golden. With the air fryer though, I find that the cooking time is longer than deep frying and can’t cook a lot at a time, but you don’t have to deal with splattering oil and they also turn out less oily.


      • Connie replied: — January 26th, 2015 @ 9:53 am

        how long can we keep and store the frozen ngoh hiang? i wonder if you have any idea how high should I set the air fryer and “fry” for how long ?