I was invited to a series of luncheons and dinners hosted by friends and biz associates lately. Having 'yee sang', an auspicious salad, has been a long-standing tradition during Chinese New Year (CNY) that it's unlikely to start off any set meals without this delicacy.
In case you're wondering, the words yee sang literally means “raw fish” and signifies abundance, prosperity and longevity. It is usually eaten during the 7th day of CNY to celebrate the birthday of mankind, but the salad dish has become very popular that it is now eaten even before CNY begins. The dish combination includes freshly shredded vegetables, assorted pickles, ground peanuts, toasted sesame seeds and crunchy crisps in striking rainbow colours. The raw salmon slices are added together with a drizzle of oil and sweet plum sauce.
The fun begins as we mix and toss the colourful yee sang together, wishing loudly for good fortune and greater success as we say “loh hei!” and toss the shredded ingredients as high as possible to bring better luck in the year ahead.
There will be another dinner bash with one night leading to the next and last week yet another and not to mention tonight and also at the end of the week. I've been frantically eating lots of these scrumptious delights during this festive season. Seriously, it makes me wonder what my cholesterol rating reads today. Now I'm beginning to wish the CNY would end soon!
I hope everyone had a terrific time during the CNY season and another wonderful week ahead.
First Commenter - Rainfield