Yam flour cakes shaped to look like abacus seeds and fried with dried shrimps, mushrooms, and minced pork. A Hakka delicacy from Guangdong, China. Hakka people are a migratory tribe who went into exile after the Mongols conquered China. Some went further afar and migrated to sunny Singapore, bringing along their cuisine.
Abacus Seeds (Suan Pan Zi)
This is a people-pleaser version, even for those who baulk at the taste of tubers like yam. The yam is very well tamed and mixed nicely with starch and seasoning before it's steamed or boiled. The best part comes from the decadent amount of ingredients folded into these yam gnocchis. Every piece is surrounded by dried shrimps, mushroom strips, dried cuttlefish or dried scallops (depends on your order), bean curd (taukwa) and minced pork. The crispy shallots and the sharp tangy chilli provided is an added blessing.
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