Lo Hei / Yu Sheng Salmon Sashimi Salad –
Gong Xi Fai Cai & Gong Hei Fatt Choy! As you may have heard (if you don’t celebrate the Lunar New Year) the Chinese-Asians are ringing in the Year of the Rooster this 2017 starting from 28th of January,last Saturday. In China, it’s also known as the Spring Festival to usher the springtime season.
Everywhere in the world, Chinese New Year is marked by many wonderful traditions practised by the Chinese people which have been inherited from countless generations before the present. The Chinese communities in different Asian nations may each have their unique hybrid Lunar New Year traditions and Singapore (where I was born, raised and had lived until my late twenties) is no different.
One of our favourite must-dos during the Lunar New Year festivities would be the traditional ‘tossing high’ or what the Cantonese Chinese call ‘Lo Hei’. Better known as ‘Yu Sheng’ (Mandarin) or ‘Yee Sang’ (Cantonese) in Singapore, Yu Sheng not only refers to a delectable, light and refreshing hearty salad platter of rainbow-coloured vegetables and fruit with slices of raw fish (usually salmon) tossed in a sweet plum sauce and other condiments (each carrying a symbolic and auspicious meaning to the Chinese), the tossing of Yu Sheng is a very meaningful ritual to unite loved ones and friends together in ringing in the Lunar new year, both celebrating and proclaiming the blessings to come. The fun part is everyone gleefully making a huge mess whilst trying to beat one another in tossing their chopsticks as high as one could go—it’s believed that the higher you toss, the higher your blessings get!
I thought that it would be worthwhile doing a ‘throwback post’ to one of my February 2016 entries on this fantastic Lo Hei/ Yu Sheng tradition that our family still makes a point to mark as one of our most significant highlights of celebrating the Lunar New Year.
It’s one of the most popular recipe posts of 2016 and I do hope, wherever you are in the world, that you’ll be surrounded by loved ones to ‘Lo Hei’ with. Don’t forget to share this tradition with your non-Chinese friends at this time!
Once again, wishing you a prosperous and abundant Year of the Rooster.