Friday, January 31, 2014

Yu Sheng - The Big Prosperity Salad Toss

I eschew store-bought Yu Sheng packages as the gaudy colours of the artificial colourings put me off. Some of the pickles were dyed scarlet, a suspiciously deep green and bright yellow.  This dish is traditionally served on Man's Day (creation of Man), which the seventh day of the New Lunar Year. However, this dish is so popular, that it is served throughout the fifteen days of celebration. 

This year CNY falls on 31 January 2014 which is also the year of the horse.

This is one of several sessions of Yu Sheng toss done in the house. Fruits and vegetables used comprise carrots, radish, jicama (Mexican turnips sengkuang), young papaya, pomelo and dragon fruits. Pickles are ginger, radish and leek. Sliced chillies and kaffir lime leaves provide the added oomph while toasted sesame seeds, peanuts and Indian murukku gave added flavour and crunch. The piece de resistance 'Yu Sheng' which gives the eponymous name to the dish are the sliced salmon. This is usually placed in the centre of the dish.


Dragon fruits and radish (daikon) were some of the components.

The home made plum and sesame sauce was drizzled all over. This sweet and tart sauce added much zest.

This is the big platter of yu sheng or yee sang in Cantonese is ready to be tossed by family members. As I was the photographer, my domestic helper took my place.

While mixing, stirring and tossing it up with chopsticks, auspicious wishes were spewed out fast and furious by everyone.


With minor variations...


This a more colourful version of the dish with lettuce and purple cabbage for for added colours. Crispy Chinese crotons (yutiao) are sprinkled over for added crunch, texture and flavour.
 
Tangy plum sauce was drizzled liberally over.

Vigorous stirring and tossing.


 

18 comments:

  1. Hepi CNY tumit tinggi...sedapnya yee sang ..vegetable semuanya yer ..?look ery nice..

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    1. Thanks Ummu. Its a delicious and refreshing salad with a good plum sauce recipe.

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  2. It looks so colourful and very appetising - glad you all had a lovely time making, stirring, tossing, and making auspicious wishes

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    1. Its makes a rousing start to the CNY dinner celebration and is an excellent ice-breaker.

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    1. Hi Suka-suka. Thanks for your greetings.
      Wishing you a galloping year ahead in 2014.

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  4. It looks delicious, must be nutritious, and is most definately decorative and colourful. Happy Chinese New Year!:)

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    1. Hi Sonija and thanks. The various pigments make for a colourful display but at the same time provide nutrients.

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  5. Happy New Chinese Year, Elsie! Year of white horse! (am I right?)
    Love this colorful plates and I suppose they were empty very soon!

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    1. Thanks Nadezda for the greetings. 2014 is the year of the Wood Horse. There are five Elements; Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. It is a good start to a full feast, stimulating the apetite with its layers of tastes and flavours.

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  6. Truly a delicious moment to enjoy meals with family & friends.
    Have a wonderful Chinese New Year!

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    1. Thanks James. Every day of the 2-week festive period can be an excuse to celebrate with family and friends.

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  7. Very colourful indeed! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Malar! The dish is colourful and nutritous from the array of phyto-pigments.

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  8. Looks delicious and fun! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks and may you have an eventful year ahead.

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  9. I like the various ingredients you put inside this Yu Sheng. Dragon fruit and chilly are new to me for this dish :-).

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    1. This is the fruity version. I get ideas from others and also improvise as I go along.

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