Gallery: How Num Pang Makes Their Pork Belly Sandwich

Five-spice gazed pork belly
Five-spice gazed pork belly

The combination of pickled Asian pear and grilled pork belly make this Num Pang's most popular sandwich.

Pickled Asian Pear: Spices
Pickled Asian Pear: Spices

The pickled Asian pear starts with a pan full of dry-roasting spices.

Pickled Asian Pear
Pickled Asian Pear

Pear-slicing action!

Pickled Asian Pear
Pickled Asian Pear

Let the pickling begin!

Pickled Asian Pear
Pickled Asian Pear

A cross-section of the picking brine.

Pork Belly
Pork Belly

The pork belly gets a thorough coating of seasoning and maple syrup.

Pork Belly
Pork Belly

The pork belly is marinated with apples, onions, garlic, and ginger, in a bath of apple cider.

Pork Belly
Pork Belly

The after shot.

The Lineup
The Lineup
Grilling the Pork Belly
Grilling the Pork Belly

Check out those grill marks!

Grilled Pork Belly
Grilled Pork Belly

After grilling, the pork gets doused in a thick five-spice glaze. Five spice powder is full of rich, sweet flavors like clove, cassia bark, and star anise.

Sandwich Assembly
Sandwich Assembly

The sandwich gets the full Num Pang sandwich treatment with cucumber, pickled carrots, fresh cilantro, and their special chili mayo.

The Sandwich
The Sandwich

The pickled Asian pear is the final garnish.