Taro Root/ Yam (Wu Tau/ 芋头)

yam / taro root

Taro are tuber vegetables. There are two types of taros, big and small ones. The bigger ones are used for making stew (and for me my favourite Hakka Yam Abacus). Whereas the small yam with more delicate texture is used for sweet soups.

Other names

  • English name: Taro/ yam
  • Chinese name: Wu Tau (芋头)

Where to buy

Supermarkets or wet markets. However, they are not easily available and can be relatively expensive.

Choosing & handling yam

Choose yam that is hard and heavy. Taro contains calcium oxilate which causes irritation. If your skin is sensitive, you may want to wear gloves while handling this produce. For me, I have no problem touching it.


Store in the fridge for up to a week.



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