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Yee Sang ( CNY Prosperity Toss Salad )

Yee Sang ( Yu Sheng)

Happy Chinese New Year!! Today is the 3rd day of Chinese New Year. Wishing all those who are celebrating a very Blessed and Prosperous Chinese New Year!!

Yee Sang (also known as Yu Sheng, Lou Sang) is a must-have dish at Chinese New Year. Yee Sang means raw fish and fish is associated with the word “yu” in Chinese which means abundance. That is why it is a must at new year because it is a symbol for abundance and prosperity in the year ahead. Yee Sang will therefore consists of raw fish and a mix of shredded vegetables and seasonings. When yee sang is served, there is a special way to eat this dish.  Everyone at the table has to stand up, grab chopsticks and all together will start to toss the ingredients up in the air while saying some prosperous wishes . The higher you toss, the higher the growth of your fortune in the coming year. Of course, you’ll have to make sure that the salad comes back down on the plate and not all over the floor. 😛

Since I was unable to get some of the ingredients overseas, I had to improvise on certain ingredients. Basically this dish contains:

  • jicama
  • carrots
  • green onion
  • green apples
  • mango
  • pickled radish
  • cilantro
  • pomelo
  • raw fish or jellyfish

All the vegetables are shredded and served in a decorative way. Then the raw fish or jellyfish is placed right in the middle. Just before serving, it is garnished with

  • fried wantan skin
  • sesame seed
  • ground peanuts

Yee Sang ( Yu Sheng )

It will be drizzled with a plum sauce mix which is made from:

  • 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

Then let all the tossing and well wishes begin . . . . . . .

Once again wishing everyone GONG XI FATT CHAI !

Previous attempts:
Yee Sang 2010

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