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Yee Sang (Jellyfish Salad)

For a million years I would never have thought that I would ever make yee sang (yu sheng) because I always thought that it is difficult. But with a little twist, I made a simplified version. Yee Sang is actually a raw fish salad. It consists of raw fish, shredded fresh and pickled vegetables, plum sauce and garnishing. It is typically consumed during the Chinese New Year because it symbolizes prosperity for the new year.

Yee Sang 2010

The yee sang platter before garnishing. Since I don’t have access to some of the typical pickled vegetables, I substituted with fruits like slightly ripe mango and green apple. Ingredients clockwise: carrots, green apple, mango, pomelo, cilantro, lime leaves, pickled daikon (which I bought from the Korean supermarket), green onion. Due to the fact that a lot of people do not like raw fish, I substituted with jellyfish instead. Under the jellyfish is a layer of jicama. Surrounding the jellyfish are fried wantan skin.

Yee Sang 2010

The yee sang platter after adding in lots of garnishing of ground peanuts, sesame seed and lomein. Besides being a refreshing salad, the yee sang is also very fun to eat. When eating this dish, typically all the diners will be on their feet, and everyone will toss the salad together with chopsticks. It is believed that the higher you can toss the salad, the higher (bigger) your fortune will grow that year. Whether it is a fact or fiction, it is just so much fun to toss the salad. 😛

Ingredients for the yee sang:

Green Onion
Pomelo or Grapefruit
Green mango
Green apple
Pickled daikon
Lime leaves

Ground peanuts
Sesame seed
Fried wantan skin

150g plum sauce
1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp five-spice powder
1 tbsp marmalade
1 tsp seame oil
lime juice
2 tbsp water

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  • sterndal February 19, 2010, 11:09 pm

    hello there

    i can’t imagine my self eating anything raw

    but this recipe looks yummy

    great photos 🙂

    happy eating and blogging


  • Sherlynn February 20, 2010, 7:12 am

    wah creative…I’m sure it tasted just like the real thing. Gong Xi Fa Chai

  • tigerfish February 22, 2010, 3:22 pm

    I actually don’t like those pickled vegetables or artificially colored vegetables, so I like your addition of mangoes and green apples 😀

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