Ngor Hiang (Five Spices)


The term 'Ngor Hiang' or 'Ngoh Hiang' is a Hokkien literal term for five spices(fragrances). The Chinese word is 五香 (pinyin: wu3 xiang1) and other dialect/Cantonese names are 'ng geung fun' and 'ngung heung fun'. These all refer to a blend of five types of spice powders (五香粉) used for cooking and seasoning. Wu-xiang is used all over China, although variations in the number, proportions and types of spices are not uncommon.

The spice components include cassia bark(Chinese cinnamon), cloves, cumin seeds, star anise, fennel seeds, coriander, pepper (or sichuan pepper), ginger, blue ginger (also known as Thai ginger; Cantonese name lam keong; English name galangal), black cardamom and/or liquorice.

In Singapore, ngor-hiang, or ngoh-heong, is commonly used to refer to a type of meat sausage made with a thin translucent beancurd skin somewhat similar to caul fat. Stalls selling this normally have a variety of other fried fritters, prawn fritters, beancurd(tau-kwa) and fish-cakes to go with the cut-up rolls. It is common to eat an ala carte selection with a plate of beehoon(vermicelli) together with sweet dipping and chilli sauces. These stalls are very much the Chinese equivalent of the Indian Rojak stalls.

中中五香 Zhong Zhong Five Spice

Chinatown Complex Food Centre (temp)
Both the Chinatown Complex market and food centre have shifted to a temporary site near the Outram MRT (EW16, NE3) train station. It is a tight squeeze and much stuffier now.

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Located at #02-19 Chinatown Complex, Blk 335 Smith Street. NOTICE : This food centre is undergoing refurbishing and stalls have been temporarily relocated to a site near Outram MRT since Jul 2006., Singapore 50335
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93 五香虾饼 93 Wu Xiang Xia Bing

Toa Payoh Blk 93 Food Centre
Toa Payoh Blk 93 Food Centre

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Located at #01-202 Hawker Centre, Blk 93, Toa Payoh Lorong 4., Singapore 310093
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中中五香酥虾香饼 Zhong Zhong Five Spice

Categories: Chinese, Ngor Hiang (Five Spices),

Located at Stall 1 (Former) Jackson Centre Kopitiam, 39 MacPherson Road, Singapore 348468
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