Monday, February 11, 2008

Yee Sang ~ Chinese New Year Raw Fish Salad

This Chinese New Year I was determined not to miss out on this 'lucky' dish. After scrutinising several recipes to work out the main criteria for the dish I went on a scouting mission in the asian vegetable shops. Being overseas means having to substitute unavailable ingredients without changing the essence of the dish too much. If you are living in Malaysia or Singapore then you will have more choice of vegetables to use.

Yee Sang

Yee Sang is a salad of raw fish surrounded by different types of colourful vegetables with a dressing of plum sauce. It is usually eaten on the 7th day of Chinese New Year with the salad tossed high with chopsticks as a symbol to mark the start of a prosperous new year.

Yue Sang is not that difficult a dish to prepare. It just needs a small amount of different vegetables shredded into long strips. I haven't included the quantity of vegetables as this is a very versatile dish. I have only bought one of each type of vegetable and in most cases only used half of it.

Yu Sang


Vegetables (long shreds):
Daikon white radish (jicama or sar kok if available is best)
Green papaya (I bought this too early and it started getting ripe)
Red capsicum
Green chilli
2 lime leaves
2 Tbsp pickled ginger
1 pickled onions/leeks
1 sprig coriander

3 Tbsp jelly fish (cut into strips and marinate with 1 Tbsp lemon juice)

Fish :
120g fresh salmon (partly freeze to cut into paper thin slices)

Marinade fish with :
½ tsp sesame oil
¼ tsp onion or corn oil
dash sugar
dash 5 spice powder
dash pepper
1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp coarsely ground peanuts
¼ tsp 5 spice powder
yam (shred, wash off sap, dry in sun and fry until crispy)

Crispy crackers
¼ cup flour
1 Tbsp water
dash salt
Crispy crackersCombine flour, water and salt together until smooth. Set aside for 1 hour. Roll thin, cut into strips and deep fry until golden. Snap to 1 cm pieces for garnishing.

Sauce Dressing
3 Tbsp plum sauce
1 Tbsp ground sesame seeds (Note*3)
½ Tbsp sesame oil
½ tsp sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp water
Boil and set aside to cool.

1. Arrange the different vegetables individually around the plate with the sliced salmon in the middle, the jellyfish around the fish. Top salmon with some pickled ginger. Sprinkle over with the garnishing of sesame seeds, groundnuts, five spice powder, fried yam and crispy crackers.

2. Just before lo hei (tossing), drizzle in the sauce. (Do not add all the sauce all at once. After tossing add more if required).

Homemade Yue Sang
1. I have not included the quantity for the vegetables as it depends on the size of your plate. The exactness of the amount used is not critical.

peelers n shredders
2. These are the cutters I used to help me shred the vegetables into long strands. The potato peeler has 2 blades. On one side it is an ordinary peeler but the one with the jagged teeth cuts the vegetables into long strands. Quite a useful gadget. I bought this sometime ago at Stevens for $11.50.

3. Ground sesame seeds. I used my Amazing Bullet to grind the toasted sesame seeds. It does an amazing job of dry grinding without liquid. For convenience sesame paste or tahini can be used.

Yu Sheng after tossing ~ Lo Hei


Anonymous said...

This is what I have been dreaming about!!! I haven't had this for over 28 years!

I have asked about this on KC forum and got a few leads. Glad to find this recipe to try out, too.

It really looks sooo yummy!!!

Sinner said...


Thanks. I enjoyed every bite since I have not eaten this dish for 19 years ! Definitely can't beat you with your 28 years ;)

You can bet I will be making this every Chinese New Year from now on !

Anonymous said...

Dear Sinner,

I have been eating this the past week (or so). I just love the taste ... plus I have been trying out different recipes I found online!

I must say, adding Tahini really made a difference in the taste! It enhanced it so much ... brought it to the next level!

Thanks so much for the recipe.

Sinner said...


You are most welcome. You will be an expert by the time you finish testing out all the online recipes.

Are you sure you are not getting addicted ? lol

Anonymous said...

I have been eating ... what? 4-5 times last week or so ... 28-5 ... Hey ... I still have 23 years to catch up on!!! LOL!!!

Sinner said...

Ha ha... very good excuse !

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this detailed recipe which I can see is going to be very good. One little note to add to make it extra tasty is the use of kaffir lime leaves instead of ordinary ones take out the main rib and slice very finely

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