Yee Sang, Yu Sheng or Prosperity Toss is a refreshing appetizer consisting various ingredients that is served during Chinese New Year. This dish is believed to bring you abundance and prosperity. The tradition is to toss everything high and it is okay to make a mess. While you are tossing, you should say auspicious greetings. We chose salmon to accompany the dish but you can always replace it with jelly fish or abalone slices.
for 3 to 4 servings
150 g red cabbage, thinly sliced
1 whole carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 whole Japanese cucumber, cut into matchsticks
1 whole Shinko pear, cut into matchsticks
150 g pomelo
2 eggs, beaten
100 g roasted peanuts
20 g roasted sesame seeds
8 to 10 dumpling wrappers, cut into 1-cm strips
6 shallots, thinly sliced
Some pickled onions
Some kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
Some cooking oil to fry dumpling wrappers
Some cooking oil to make shallot oil
Yee Sang sauce
4 tbsp plum sauce
4 tbsp water
½ tsp salt for fried egg
½ tsp white pepper powder
½ tsp five spice powder
Cut dumpling wrappers into 1-cm strips.
Fry dumpling wrappers for 10 seconds on medium-heat or until golden brown.
Drain and set aside.
Thinly slice shallot.
Fry shallot for a few minutes on medium-heat until lightly browned.
Strain oil from fried shallot and set aside. You can keep fried shallot oil and fried shallots for other recipes.
Beat 2 eggs.
Add 1/2 tsp salt.
Fried egg for 2 to 3 minutes on each side on medium-heat.
Cut fried egg into thin strips.
Grind peanuts and sesame seeds
Grind together roasted peanuts and sesame seeds.
Chop fruits and vegetables
Thinly slice red cabbage.
Peel and cut carrots, Japanese cucumber and Shinko pear into matchsticks.
Squeeze out the juice from cucumber if not used immediately.
Soak pear in salt water if not used immediately.
On a big round dish, place pear in the center.
Place some picked onions on top of the pear.
Place thinly sliced lime leaves on top of the picked onions.
Place grinded peanuts and sesame seeds around the pear.
Top peanuts with crushed crackers.
Place cabbage, carrot, cucumber, fried egg and pomelo on the outer. – Picture time! Ahem..
When served, sprinkle around white pepper powder, five spice powder, about 2 tbsp shallot oil and plum sauce to taste.
And lastly… TOSS as high as possible!
It’ll be messy, it’s okay. Remember to chant auspicious words and phrases while tossing the Yes Sang! – Happy New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai!