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Abacus Seeds with Minced Meat


  • 600g yam - peeled, sliced

  • 300g tapioca flour

  • 150ml boiling water

  • 3tbsp oil

  • 1tbsp minced garlic

  • 3 shallots - sliced

  • 300g minced meat

  • 50g dried shrimp - soaked

  • 5 dried mushroom - soaked, cut into strips

  • 1 fried beancurd - cut into cubes

  • 1tbsp light soy sauce

  • 2tbsp oyster sauce

  • 1/2tsp pepper

  • 2tbsp hua diao jiu

  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion


  1. Steam yam for 25-30mins.

  2. Transfer yam to a large mixing bowl. Mash yam with a fork while it's hot.

  3. Add in tapioca flour, mix well.

  4. Stir in boiling water, a little at a time. Mix till a dough forms.

  5. Transfer dough to a floured worktop. Knead dough till smooth.

  6. Divide dough into 4 portions. Roll each portion out into a long rope and cut into 1 inch pieces.

  7. Roll each piece of dough into a ball and make a dent in the middle.

  8. Boil 'abacus seeds' in water till they float. Transfer to a bowl of cold water and let cool. Drain and set aside.

  9. In a pan, add in oil, garlic and shallots, cook till fragrant.

  10. Add in minced meat, stir-fry and break meat apart.

  11. Drain dried shrimps and mushrooms, and add them in. Stir well.

  12. Followed by beancurd, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and hua diao jiu. Stir-fry until fragrant.

  13. Add in abacus seeds and scallion. Stir well and serve.

Adapted from The Meat Men

Video tutorial click here

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