Abacus Beads

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Appears in
China: A Cookbook

By Terry Tan

Published 2020

  • About

Most people are familiar with the abacus, the ancient Chinese counting instrument consisting of a wire-strung frame on which beads are threaded. Many Chinese storekeepers still prefer the abacus to the calculator and use one with great dexterity. In a cultural context, the abacus, and this dish, symbolizes prosperity. Hakka people traditionally serve it at Lunar New Year celebrations to bring good fortune for the year ahead. The abacus beads are represented by large discs of boiled yam or t