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Potato abacus beads ~算盘子~

Hai hai there...Have not post a single thing lately since the arrival of my baby. Busy, busy, busy everyday :p I miss my blog, miss doing what I want to do.....  I am back again..:D

This is a Tai Poo (Hakka) specialty. Normally it is made from Taro(yam) but this is a different version. This ones are made of potatoes and they tasted just as good. The main attraction in this dish is, it is made from potato. It is made into a soft, chewy, little ball that have to flatten it a little in the middle, like a bead. Along with this dish is the mince meat, shitake mushroom, spring onion, dried cutterfish, dried shrimp and black fungus.

Ingredients (A):
300gms potatoes
100gms tapioca flour
50gms wheat starch
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 tsp salt
a little water (just enough to mix these ingredients into a soft dough)

Ingredients (B):
200gms mince meat
1/2 tbsp chopped garlic     
3 pcs shitake mushroom ~ soak and cut into strips
1 tbsp dried shrimp ~ wash and drain
1 tbsp dried cutterfish ~ soak and cut into strips
1 pcs black fungus ~ soak and cut into strips(optional)
1 tbsp chopped spring onion

1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp thai fish sauce
1/2 tsp salt

To do:
1) Wash and scrub potatoes before steaming. Steam potatoes until cooked. (15minutes) Peel the skin off while it is hot.
2) Mash the potatoes with a potatoes masher.(If you do not have one just use a fork and press the potatoes)
3) Add salt, wheat starch, tapioca flour and cooking oil into the mashed potato and mix into a soft dough.(Add some water if it is too dry)
4) Pinch a small amount of the dough to roll into a small ball and flatten it in the middle. Repeat doing it until all the dough are used up.
5) Boil 2-3 cups of water in a stock pot. When water is boiling, pour all the ready rolled small potato balls in. Stir gently to prevent the potato balls from sticking to each other. When the potato balls start to float up to the surface, then you can scoop it up and put it into a pot of cool water and drain it. Add 2 tbsp of cooking oil to the potato balls to prevent them from sticking.
6) Heated 3 tbsp of cooking oil, stir in garlic, stir fry mince meat, dried shrimp, dried cutterfish add in shitake mushroom, black fungus until fragrant.
7) Pour in cooked potato balls add in the the seasoning and stir to mixed. Lastly add in spring onion and mixed well. Dish up and it ready to be serve.

**You can try replace potaotes with taro (yam), it will be even more yummy...^^



  1. W.E.L.C.O.M.E back...
    looks yummy.. will try to make (if rajin)hahahaha

  2. May i know what potatoes u use? Holland ? Indonesia?


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