Thursday 6 February 2014

Chinese New Year Prosperity Toss (Yu Sheng / Lo Hei) 色彩斑斓捞鱼生

Today is the 7th day of the Chinese New Year.  It is also known as 人日.  In other words,  the birthday of all mankind.  It is a popular Chinese tradition in Singapore and Malaysia to consume Yu Sheng on this day although Yu Sheng is vastly available through the 15 days of Chinese New Year . Yu Sheng is therefore a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigour.

Yu Sheng means raw fish salad literally.  It consists slices of raw fish mixed with various types of shredded vegetables and and a variety of condiments and sauces, each with its own auspicious symbolism.

My home-made Yu Sheng - a much colourful and flavourful version in comparison to those available from restaurants and supermarkets.

This version is amazingly pretty, refreshing and tasty.  I received a thumb-up from everybody whom had tried this home-made dish.

Ingredients :
  • fresh sliced salmon
  • shredded carrots
  • shredded white radish
  • shredded green cabbage
  • shredded red cabbage
  • finely chopped red, green, yellow capsicum 
  • coriander or chinese parsley 
  • pomelo pulps
  • squeezed lemon juice
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • toasted and grounded peanuts

Other condiments (which are available in small containers from supermarkets during Chinese New Year period) can be added - it's your personal choice.

Sauce / Dressing :
  • plum sauce (can buy bottled ones from supermarket)
  • honey
  • sesame oil
  • white pepper
  • cinnamon powder
  • squeezed lemon juice

Simply stir mix everything in a separate bowl.

How to eat Yu Sheng :

All diners stand up around the table to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while making auspicious wishes loud and clear.

Adding on the toppings, condiments and sauce before tossing
After tossing.... 年年有余!

Happy Birthday! And Cheers!


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