Monday, February 23, 2015

Recipe: Salmon Yee Sang 鱼生

Over the weekend, our relatives came over to "bai nian" 拜年 (CNY visiting) so I decided to make a salmon yee sang for us to toss together. Last year's Lucky 8 scallop yee sang was a huge hit with my family (and I got very good feedback from readers and friends who made it), so for this year's yee sang, I also used fresh fruits and vegetables.

Salmon Yee Sang

A total of eight ingredients make up our auspicious yee sang, as eight is a lucky number and symbolises fortune. Fresh fruits symbolise life and new beginnings, furthermore pineapple's homonym sounds like "ong lai" - luck come and strawberry's red colour and carrots signify good luck. I chose yellow pepper as the yellow colour signifies gold, lettuce symbolises prosperity and growing fortune. Cucumber as well as chuka wakame (Japanese seasoned seaweed) make up the rest of the ingredients. I also chose raw salmon as fish symbolises abundance.

Just before tossing, salmon sashimi, crushed toasted peanuts, sesame seeds, pok chui (I used Tam Tam crackers), oil and plum sauce is poured over the salad.

A special touch for the Year of the Goat, I used the julienned carrots to create the word 羊 (goat) in the centre of the yee sang platter!

We sure had fun tossing the salad, and my relatives kept praising how good it was - the best yee sang they've ever eaten! ;) Fresh, healthy and delicious!

Will you be making yee sang 鱼生 on Renri (7th day of CNY, also known as "everyone's birthday")?

Salmon Yee Sang 鱼生
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Serves 6

1/2 carrot, peeled and julienned/shredded
2 lettuce leaves, julienned
1/2 small yellow pepper, julienned
1/2 Japanese cucumber, julienned/shredded
5-6 strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1/4 fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
Chuka wakame (seasoned seaweed)
Salmon sashimi 

1 calamansi lime (limau kasturi), halved
3 tbsp crushed toasted peanuts
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
1 packet Tam Tam crackers
Salt, to taste
3-4 tbsp oil

For the dressing
2 tbsp plum sauce
A dash of sesame oil

1. Mix plum sauce and sesame oil together.

2. Arrange the julienned vegetables and fruits on a large plate in an attractive manner. Then, using some of the julienned carrots, form the word 羊 since it is the year of the goat. 

3. Raw salmon, oil, crushed nuts, sesame seeds, crackers, and plum sauce should be served in separate bowls at the side. 

4. Squeeze lime juice over salmon. Just before tossing, add the crackers and salmon, drizzle oil in clockwise direction, crushed nuts, sesame oil and finally pour over the plum sauce. 

Note: You can get thinly sliced salmon sashimi at the Japanese section at Jusco Midvalley. 


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  1. Hi Yen,

    I see a lot of smiles when everyone was tossing this fresh and fruity yee sang. Great combination :)


  2. Maybe I can try this too - would be great with smoked salmon as well, I reckon. We can get that here.

  3. love the warm smiles on your family's faces as everyone shares in the joy of tossing a beautiful yee sang :)

  4. The possibilities for Yee Sang are endless it seems! Love that picture of everyone crowded around it :D

  5. Yen, I love Yee Sang! I have bookmarked your recipe for next year hah..hah...

  6. I love how strawberries are part of the dish, too.


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