Homemade Auspicious Yee Sang 鱼生 (Chinese Raw Fish Salad)

Yee Sang is a MUST have appetizer during Chinese New Year. It is considered as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor. When the Yee Sang was served at the dining table, all the diners would stand up and toss the ingredients in the air while saying auspicious wishes.

I have always been wanting to make my own Yee Sang but I was afraid that the sauce will not turn out well. This year my sister asked me, "Why not make your own Yee Sang for our Reunion Dinner?" Her question has given me the courage to take the first step and hence I came out with my own homemade Yee Sang. Everyone complimented on how surprisingly refreshing it was.

My first homemade Yee Sang and the beginning of many many more homemade Yee Sang.

My hubby love it so much that he requested me to make it on his family's Reunion Dinner. The second time I make it, we've added korean pear, jelly fish and lots of salmon slices. I did not managed to plate the Yee Sang because I was still busy in the kitchen. The proportions for the rest of the ingredients were increased too. It should be yummy but it was a disaster. The Yee Sang got too watery, the oil got 'piggy' smell because the pot that I used to heat up the oil was used to made pork lard and there were not enough sauce, and worst we couldn't get coriander. So, lesson learnt! Never add too many ingredients in your Yee Sang. And if you did, scale your recipe nicely.

Prep Time  : 45 mins
Cook Time : N/A
Total Time : 45 mins
Serves       : 18 pax

Fresh salmon slices
1 carrot (finely shredded)
1/2 daikon (finely shredded)
1/4 red cabbage (shredded)
1 green apples (julienne)
2/3 cup pomelo (separate the sacs)
18 sticks snow crab legs/ crabsticks
1/4 cup ginger pickled (finely shredded)
A handful of coriander leaves
2 pkts bok bok chui/ crispy crackers
1/3 cup toasted peanuts (grounded)
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds

7 Tbsp plum sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp lime juice
1/2 cup cooked vegetable oil/ olive oil

1/16 tsp five-spice powder
1/16 tsp white pepper

1. Arrange all the ingredients nicely on a large plate. Just before serving, sprinkle the seasoning all around and pour the dressing on it.

● The essential ingredients in Yee Sang are carrot, daikon, pickled ginger, coriander leaves, crispy crackers, toasted peanuts and sesame seeds. You may replace other ingredients or add any ingredients that you like.

Make this recipe? Don't forget to snap a photo of it and tag #msyummyliciousrecipe on social media! I would love to see them! Enjoy my recipe!

I am linking this post to "Cook & Celebrate CNY 2016" organized by Yen from GoodyFoodies, Diana from The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids.

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