A typical Hakka cuisine, also known as Suan Pan Zi, and is eaten during big celebrations such as lunar new year because the size of the round yam carries the meaning of a gathering that signifies wealth and prosperity.
These Abacus seeds are made from yam or tapioca flour which is later shaped, boiled, and stir fry with various vegetables. Slightly chewier than gnocchi, the abacus seeds are meant to be shape like the seeds of an abacus (Chinese calculating tool).
This Abacus Seed is the main dish that is eagerly awaited every Chinese New Year dinner celebration. Eating this signifies good fortune and luck as told from Chinese superstitions.