12 Steps Prosperity Yee Sang Toss for Chinese New Year
There are 12 Steps Prosperity Yee Sang Toss for Chinese New Year for this Teochew-style raw fish salad with shredded vegetables, added nuts or crackers for crunch and topped with a variety of sauces.
This must-have salad dish during Chinese New Year celebrations; is called Yee Sang (Chinese: 魚生) or Prosperity Toss, is known as Lo Hei (Cantonese for 撈起 or 捞起).
Nowadays, most Chinese restaurants have replaced the raw fish with raw salmon or smoked salmon.
This dish is popular with the ethnic Chinese communities. Yee Sang is festive dish eaten during Chinese New Year. It is popular in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Everyone at the dining table offers Chinese New Year greetings.
Favourable Wishes: “Gong Xi Fa Cai” means “Congratulations for your wealth” or “Wan shi ru yi” meaning “May all your wishes be fulfilled”.
The Yee Sang platter is presented. Fish which symbolises abundance or excess through the year is added.
Favourable Wishes: Nian Nian you yu 年年有馀 and You yu you sheng.
The peeled pomelo pips are added over the fish, symbolising added luck and auspicious value.
Favourable Wishes: 大吉大利 Da ji da li.
The green and red paper packet are opened. The Pepper and Cinnamon Powder are sprinkled over the ingredients in the hope of attracting money and valuables assets.
Favourable Wishes: 招财进宝 Zhao cai jin bao.
The bowl of oil is poured out, circling the ingredients to increase all profits 10,000 times. This is to encourage money to flow in from all directions
Favourable Wishes: Yi ben wan li and 财原广进 Cai yuan guang jin.
Carrots are added to the fish signifying blessings of good luck.
Favourable Wishes: Hong yun dang tou.
The shredded green radish is placed on the fish symbolising eternal youth.
Favourable Wishes: Qing chun chang zhu.
The shredded white radish is added. This means prosperity in business and promotion at work.
Favourable Wishes: Feng sheng shui qi and 步步高升 Bu bu gao sheng.
Chopped Peanut bits is dusted on the dish. This symbolises a household filled with gold and silver. Peanuts symbolise eternal youth and are an icon of longevity,
Favourable Wishes: 金银满屋 Jin yin man wu.
Sesame seeds are tossed in. This symbolises a flourishing business.
Favourable Wishes: 生意兴隆 Sheng yi xing long.
Deep-fried flour puffs in the shape of golden pillows are added with wishes that the whole floor would be literally filled with gold.
Favourable Wishes: 遍地黄金 Bian di huang jin.
Everyone joins in and tosses the salad an auspicious 7 times with loud shouts of “lo hei” 捞起 and other auspicious New Year wishes.
Favourable Wishes: Lo hei 捞起 which is Cantonese for “tossing luck”.