Friday, February 4, 2011

Yummy Yee Sang *

Yesterday was Chinese New Year and like every year I've been married to my Darling, the both of us celebrated this occasion with MIL and the rest of B's family, who are of Chinese descent. This year however we did not do the usual trip to Melaka, which is where MIL hails from. Instead, we had a CNY lunch here in PJ.

The main thing I was looking forward to was the Yee Sang, which I've been craving for since forever! Yee Sang is a Teochew-style raw fish salad served during the Chinese New Year and this dish symbolizes abundance, prosperity and vigor. The main ingredients of this salad include strips of raw fish (usually salmon), pickled fruits and vegetables, crackers, crispy wanton skin, roasted peanuts, roasted sesame seeds and a variety of sauces and condiments. Smiley

Preparing the yummy Yee Sang

Adding crackers and peanuts

The sauce is added last of all and plum sauce is the usual sauce of choice with a dash of rice vinegar and sesame oil.

Adding the sauce before tossing

On cue, everybody seated at the table will then toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks (I used a fork!) while reciting "auspicious wishes" out loud. The higher the toss, the higher your fortune growth! tepuktangan

Time to toss!

I was happy to usher in this Rabbit Year with delicious Yee Sang as it symbolizes prosperity and abundance; believed to ensure a better year ahead!

Yummy Yee Sang

So how was your CNY celebration and did you eat as much as I did? I'm still completely stuffed from all the eating yesterday! Smiley


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