Culture & Curious Habits

Chinese New Year : Yu sheng tradition

Back in the days when I intern at a university museum in Singapore I was acquainted with Yu-sheng tradition. It apparently involves food, tossing and a number of people. All you need to make a party really. You have got to hand it to the Chinese, they are wisest when it comes to food. šŸ˜‰

If you are looking to try something new this Chinese New Year, perhaps making this salad could be an idea for lunch together with the family.

Yu sheng is what I like to call an interactive salad. It comprises of everything good. The yusheng had fish served with daikon (white radish), carrots, red pepper (capsicum), turnips, red pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, daun limau nipis (key lime leaves), Chinese parsley, chilli, jellyfish, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, Chinese shrimp crackers (or fried dried shrimp), five spice powder and other ingredients, laced with a sauce using plum sauce, rice vinegar, kumquat paste and sesame oil, for a total of 27 ingredients. How to eat it? Together with family and friends and get your chopsticks ready to toss and enjoy the salad. Ā (P.S : Go for the salmon to bring fortune throughout the year)

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Happy Chinese New Year!

 

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