Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stir-fry Yam Balls with Chicken

Last month I bought a large tuber of taro/yam from Chinatown,all this while the yam was still sitting cold in the spare fridge in the garage..I totally forget about the taro/yam ,as people said it's out of sight out of mind..Some part of the tuber has gone bad..Actually I was planning to make Yam cake but since 1/2 of the tuber has gone bad I have to change the game plan!! How about Yam Balls? I believed Yam Balls is a Hakka dish..I think mostly every dish cook with taro is a Hakka dish,right?

300 gm mashed cooked taro/yam
150 gm tapioca flour
1/2 tsp salt
water(slowly pour water into the dough ,more or less depend on the dough texture)

1 piece of boneless chicken breast,diced
5 pieces fresh mushroom,sliced
5 pieces dried tofu,sliced
4 cloves fresh garlic,peeled and chopped
2 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp ground white pepper
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
1 cup water ,plus extra if necessary
1 stalk scallion,washed and cut
1 whole red pepper,washed and cut

1:Peel and cut taro for steaming.Steam until cooked and soft.Combine ingredients(A) in a large bowl,knead into smooth dough.
2:Prepare wok or large stock pot with water at high heat.Shape the dough into oblong shape and then into small ball.Use your fingertip to push lightly on the center of the small ball to create a shape like well .Repeat the same procedure until dough finish.
3:When water rolling boil,add the shaped yam balls into the water,cook until they floated or cooked.Dish out cooked yam balls onto a large plate and sprinkle some oil and mix well to prevent from sticking with each others.
4:Heat wok or large skillet with oil at medium high heat,add in chopped garlic,fry until lightly brown.Add in chopped chicken,dried tofu and mushroom ,stir well for 2-3 minutes.Then add in yam balls ,oyster sauce ground pepper,water and salt.Cook until sauce thicken .Check the seasoning .
5:Sprinkle with some cut scallion and cut chili before dish out and serve warm.

boiled yam balls with oil coated

shape yam ball into small ball before cook

mashed taro/yam with tapioca flour


petite nyonya said...

hey there, i like to eat this. last i had it was so many years ago at my friend's house. yes, it's a hakka meal & i think they call it yam abacus in english because it looks like the 'seeds' on an abacus.

ICook4Fun said...

Thanks Lesley for the idea. I still have some mashed yam in my fridge and I don't know what to do with it. I am going to make this over the weekend.

Dawn said...

Yes, hakka dish but I never know how to make it..just know how to eat. malu to call myself a hakka!

ann low said...

This is really yummy. This is 算盘子,right?

Charmaine said...

I love this dish too, the first I tasted it was at CNY this year when my Mom made it for the 1st time. Yours looks fantastic.

Anonymous said...

this one makes my mouth waters.. I didn't know there is such thing like yam ball.. thanks for the recipe.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I wanted to do this long time ago, but still lazy to give it a start. Your one look really delicious. Thanks for sharing.

tigerfish said...

Ya, the famous Hakka "abacus" dish.

My Asian Kitchen said...

petite nyonya:
Thanks for the english name...I'm not Hakka mui so no mom and granny doesn't cook this dish at home..

hmmm something different for a change right?

nevermind la,as long as you know how to eat that fine..Mishu took a bite and said "no more"....after all my hard work she said that :(

thanks!!Yes you are right!! it's 算盘子!!

thanks! lucky you!!my mom never cook this dish for us:(

yes it's very popular food among Hakka ppls..I punya tak tau until I eat in Chinese restaurant back home..

Thank you:)


noobcook said...

I know it by the "abacus" too. your version looks great!

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Wow, I went to learn this from my mum's friend and after helping her make these "suan pan zi" (abacus beads), I told myself I wouldn't make this on my own, unless there are people to help me. You're really fantastic!

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