My mum's hakka.. and she is forever saying that her receipes will go with her to her grave. She's forever getting us to learn her recipes.. from yong tao hu, love letters, rice dumplings and such.. however, with the kind of hours we keep.. it's not often that we catch her in action.
So here's presenting my mum's abacus recipe. Note: her recipes are also ah-gar ah-gar measurements type one.
Step 1: get the steamer out
Step 2: Get your yams ready
Step 3: Cut your yams into slices and steam them
Step 4: Once the yams are cooked. Mash them up while they are hot. Add corn flour to make into a dough and salt water for taste.
Step 5: Knead the dough
Step 6: Shape the dough into little balls. Flatten it to look like abacus - Do cover the rest of the dough with a damp cloth to prevent it from drying out.
Step 7: Using the steamer and the boiling water to blanch the abacus till it floats. Once it's done, just scoop it out, coat the abacus with some oil to prevent them from sticking together.
Step 8: Get dried shrimps, mushrooms, shallots and minced pork to stir fry - add the normal - salt, pepper, soya sauce etc
Step 9: Once everything is ready, stir fry the abacus, meat/shrimp/mushroom with mushroom stock and that's it. (finished product not shown cos i was too busy eating to take pictures!)
EDIT: My Lunch today
Mum took the soup version. *YUM*