Abacus Seeds with Minced Meat

Mains
Pork

Easy Level:

Cook Time:

Servings:

4

Abacus seeds is one of the most iconic Hakka dishes. Often eaten during festivals, they are made by mixing mashed yam and tapioca flour which are then shaped into tiny balls resembling the beads on an abacus.
This dish is also known for its lovely chewy texture and beautiful yam fragrance. Add more yam if you like it softer!
We tried to follow the traditional Hakka way of preparing this, which includes stir frying them with minced meat and mushroom. Fried beancurd is also added for that extra texture!
This is definitely a wonderful recipe for festive seasons and gatherings!
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Ingredients

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yam / taro (peeled)
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g
yam / taro (peeled)
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g
tapioca flour
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g
tapioca flour
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ml
ml
boiling water
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ml
ml
boiling water
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tbsp
tbsp
oil
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tbsp
tbsp
oil
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tbsp
tbsp
minced garlic
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tbsp
tbsp
minced garlic
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shallots (sliced)
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shallots (sliced)
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g
minced pork
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g
g
minced pork
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g
g
dried shrimp (soaked in water)
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g
g
dried shrimp (soaked in water)
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dried mushroom (soaked in water and cut into strips)
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dried mushroom (soaked in water and cut into strips)
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fried beancurd (cut into cubes)
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fried beancurd (cut into cubes)
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tbsp
tbsp
light soya sauce
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tbsp
tbsp
light soya sauce
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tbsp
tbsp
oyster sauce
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tbsp
tbsp
oyster sauce
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tsp
tsp
white pepper
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tsp
tsp
white pepper
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tbsp
tbsp
Hua Tiao wine
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tbsp
tbsp
Hua Tiao wine
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cup
cup
chopped spring onions
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cup
cup
chopped spring onions

Steps

1

Steamed 600g sliced yam / taro for 25-30 minutes
Steamed 600g sliced yam / taro for 25-30 minutes
Mark as completed

2

Mash steamed yam with a fork
Mash steamed yam with a fork
Mark as completed

3

Add 300g tapioca flour to mashed yam
Add 300g tapioca flour to mashed yam
Mark as completed

4

Add and mix in 150 ml boiling water a little at a time
Add and mix in 150 ml boiling water a little at a time
Mark as completed

5

Mix until dough is formed
Mix until dough is formed
Mark as completed

6

Knead dough until smooth, and divide into 4 portions
Knead dough until smooth, and divide into 4 portions
Mark as completed

7

Roll and cut per portion into 1 inch pieces
Roll and cut per portion into 1 inch pieces
Mark as completed

8

Roll dough into a ball and make a dent in the centre
Roll dough into a ball and make a dent in the centre
Mark as completed

9

Repeat the same for the rest of the dough
Repeat the same for the rest of the dough
Mark as completed

10

Boil abacus seeds into water, until they float to the top
Boil abacus seeds into water, until they float to the top
Mark as completed

11

Transfer abacus seeds to cold water, let it cool down
Transfer abacus seeds to cold water, let it cool down
Mark as completed

12

Drain and set aside
Drain and set aside
Mark as completed

13

Heat 3 tbsp oil to wok, add 1 tbsp minced garlic and 3 shallots (sliced)
Heat 3 tbsp oil to wok, add 1 tbsp minced garlic and 3 shallots (sliced)
Mark as completed

14

Stir fry until fragrance, add 300g minced pork
Stir fry until fragrance, add 300g minced pork
Mark as completed

15

Stir fry and break pork up
Stir fry and break pork up
Mark as completed

16

Add 50g dried shrimp (soaked in water), 5 dried mushroom (soaked in water and cut into strips) and 1 fried beancurd (cut into cubes).
Add 50g dried shrimp (soaked in water), 5 dried mushroom (soaked in water and cut into strips) and 1 fried beancurd (cut into cubes).
Mark as completed

17

Season with 1 tbsp light soya sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, ½ tsp white pepper and 2 tbsp Hua Tiao wine
Season with 1 tbsp light soya sauce, 2 tbsp oyster sauce, ½ tsp white pepper and 2 tbsp Hua Tiao wine
Mark as completed

18

Stir fry until fragrant, add abacus seeds and mix well
Stir fry until fragrant, add abacus seeds and mix well
Mark as completed

19

Finish with ¼ cup chopped spring onions and serve.
Finish with ¼ cup chopped spring onions and serve.
Mark as completed

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