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Monday, February 7, 2011

Yee Sang /鱼生 - Raw Fish Salad For Increase In Abundance & Prosperity !

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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  1. Happy New Year! If I were in Thailand, we probably celebrate CNY in my friends' houses :)
    The raw fish salad looks so stunning and I love the believe to have a beautiful meal for prosperity :)

  2. Elin, wishing you & your family a very Happy Chinese New Year. 祝你合家 : 新年快乐 心想事成 身体健康! 恭喜恭喜!Oh boy, how I love having this yee sang. Planning to make my own. Hopefully, I have enough time to prepare this in 2 days time. haha... Wish me luck! Hope you're enjoying your day.
    Best wishes,

  3. I absolutely love yee sang but sadly haven't had it in years. I love all the different textures and tastes . It is truly a great celebratory dish. Happy New Year!

  4. Love yee sang. It's not only fun but delicious too! Hope you're having a wonderful Chinese new Year!

  5. Sigh! I did not have no abundance, no prosperity in the Rabbit Year lah? No wonder by the3rd day, already eating porridge! LOL!!

  6. Ooo, Elin, this looks amazing! Biren (roti & rice) also made yee sang. I've never heard of it before but it's cool to see how people make it differently.

  7. Happy Chinese New Year to you! I am going to make my own yee sang tonight, hoping it tastes good as it will be my first. *praying*

  8. I love this, had this thrice already .... Yes, everybody lo hei for prosperity and advancement in their respective careers!

  9. Happy Chinese New Year! The raw fish salad looks delicious!

  10. Love this dish! Even though I ate it 3 times already so far, but still can't get enough of it, lol! Wishing you and your piggies a prosperous and fortune full rabbit year ahead!! Btw, looks like I'll be missing you bloggers this weekend *sob* hope you ladies have loads of fun yah! Cheers!

  11. Thank you for your CNY wishes and your kind comments. I love it when I read all your comments. Your comments are really inspiration to my goal for achievement . I am sure all of you celebrating the CNY will have many tossings of Yee Sang the whole of 15 days. I am going to have this again for sure :))


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