Yee Sang/鱼生 is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It consists of slices of raw fish ( slices of salmon or snakehead/ikan haruan ) mixed with shredded vegetables , crunchies and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yee Sang means increase in abundance. Therefore the tossing of this raw fish salad during the Chinese New Year is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. You can have this dish through out the 15 days CNY celebration. We had this on the 1st day and I didn't make this dish myself, I bought the ready packed ones from the nearby restaurant but I hope to make my own Yee Sang next CNY !
It is fun having this dish.....every member of the Piggies will crowd around it and toss the shredded ingredients into the air with the chopsticks while saying " lo hei...lo....heiiiii " as loud as can be , that was why we had this at home. The Piggies can scream as loud as they want :p It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's growth in fortunes, thus diners are expected to toss enthusiastically....
the higher the better ! :)))
This Yee Sang consists of shredded carrots, cucumber, radish, pomelo pulps , crunchies , peanuts and sesame seeds and mixed with a special sauce which is made up of honey, 5 spice powder , oil and lime juice.
Here is me wishing all of you celebrating CNY a good tossing of the 'Yee Sang ' with your family members....a toss to a surplus of health, wealth and happiness :)
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