Recipe: Hakka Pork Belly with Taro (Yam) (Wu Tau Kau Yoke/芋頭扣肉)

Having friends over for dinner is not an uncommon sight. But having friends visiting us from overseas is always an extra special moment. So instead of cooking my popular Dong Po Rou, I decided to cook something different for our friends. I have always wanted to cook this dish but somehow seem to keep putting it off.

After many hours of toiling (Haha. You will need 3 hours for steaming, but the preparation is quite easy.), your stomachs will be satisfied with a soft, tender, oozing with goodness pork and yam sandwich. My family and my friends loved it!!! The following day, my son told me he loved this dish very much (mind you, he is a fussy one!).

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Serves 6 to 8 people




1.2kg pork belly

1kg taro/yam

Cooking oil

For pork marinade

1 teaspoon five spice powder

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons sugar

1 ½ teaspoons tau cheong (soy bean paste)


For Sauce


4 cubes red fermented beancurd, mashed

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tsp salt

1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce

Some white pepper

3 tablespoons Shao Xing wine

8 shallots, chopped

9 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups water



Preparation of the Taro/Yam:

  1. Peel the skin off the taro.
  2. Cut the taro to about ½ inch thick, use the width and length of pork belly as a gauge when cutting the taro, both should have a similar size.
  3. Then wash and dry.
  4. Heat oil in a wok.
  5. Fry taro until golden brown so that the taro will not be mushy after steaming. Set aside.


Preparation of the pork belly:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Blanch pork in boiling water for 2-3 minutes to remove odour and impurities.
  3. Remove from pork belly from the pot.
  4. Prick the skin with a fork for the seasoning to penetrate.
  5. Dry meat with kitchen towel and rub some dark soy sauce and pepper on the skin. Set aside to let it dry.
  6. Heat up the oil, which you used above, in the wok.
  7. When the oil is ready, put the pork in (skin side down first) until lightly brown.
  8. Then turn over the meat and fry the other sides until lightly brown too.
  9. Remove and slice pork to about ½ inch thick.
  10. Marinade pork with the marinade ingredients for at least a couple of hours.


Preparation of the sauce:

  1. Heat up about 3 tablespoons of oil in a wok.
  2. Add in the chopped garlic and shallots. Sauté till fragrant.
  3. Add in mashed red fermented beancurd, seasoning, marinade water from pork and water and bring to a boil.
  4. Taste sauce and adjust accordingly if required. The sauce should taste stronger than normal as it would get diluted once it is braised together with the rest of the ingredients.
  5. If you prefer a thicker sauce add some cornstarch.


Assemble and Steam the Pork Belly and Taro:

  1. Arrange the pork belly (skin side down) and alternate with yam in a bowl/tray.
  2. Pour in sauce which should fill up to ½ of the bowl/tray.
  3. Finally cover with aluminium foil.
  4. Bring water to boil in the wok/steamer.
  5. Place the prepared dish of pork belly and taro in the wok/steamer. Steam for about 3 hours in the lowest heat or until the pork belly becomes really tender.
  6. Next, using a pair of tongs, I gently transferred a piece of pork belly together with a piece of yam and invert them on a serving tray then poured the sauce over them. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are skilful enough you may place a bigger serving tray and invert the pork belly quickly so that the sauce is intact.
  7. Garnish with some spring onions and cilantro and serve with rice.


  1. Do always keep an eye to ensure that your steamer doesn’t run out of water in the process.
  2. The longer you steam, the more tender the pork will be.

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Hi! My name is Josephine Go. I blog at in a segment called Mummy’s Kitchen. I love to use fresh and natural ingredients in my cooking to promote healthy eating. Some of my recipes may not be in line with the traditional methods of cooking to the extent that some of the ingredients are different, but hopefully new recipes are being created in my style. I certainly hope that what I do will help guide kitchen first-timers on how to cook their first meal as well as further equip kitchen veterans with new recipes. My loving husband and two wonderful children are my best guinea pigs and critics. They have enjoyed (or endured) the food that has been served to them for all these years. Mind you, I did not know how to cook or ever knew that I could cook till I got married. So there is hope for everyone. If I can cook, you can cook. You will not know how good or talented you are until you put your hand in the plough.

5 thoughts on “Recipe: Hakka Pork Belly with Taro (Yam) (Wu Tau Kau Yoke/芋頭扣肉)

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Will try it out over weekend.
    Can also vary with sweet n salted veg (mui choy).

  2. Veronica Lee says:

    Your kau yoke with yam is simply delicious. I have tried some others but so so only. I made 3 medium size bowls of this dish and kept 2 for dinners over the next couple of days. Thank you very much for sharing your authentic Hakka recipe.

  3. Anita Cher says:

    My late mother was Hakka and used to make this while I was young. I only tried it out a couple of times but that was a long time ago. I’ve been wanting to cook it again but couldn’t remember what was the actual recipe as it was not written down. Your recipe seems to replicate my mother’s except for the five spice and taucheo which she omitted. I remember the yam being fried too but not the meat. Anyway, I think I will try it out soon.

    1. Hi Anita, glad that you found our recipe. We’ll love to know if our recipe replicates your late mother’s, so feel free to share your end product with us here or on the visitor section of our Facebook Page: 🙂 Happy cooking!

  4. Hi Josephine, this recipe simply delicious, our family enjoyed it very much! Thank you for sharing!

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