Yusheng , yee sang or yuu sahng (simplified Chinese: ??; pinyin: yúsh?ng), also known as lo hei (Cantonese for ?? or ??) is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means “raw fish” but since “fish (?)” is commonly conflated with its homophone “abundance (?)”, Yúsh?ng (??) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúsh?ng (??) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
While versions of it is thought to have existed in China, the contemporary version is created and popularised in Singapore in the 1960s amongst the ethnic Chinese community and its consumption has been associated with Chinese New Year festivities in Singapore as well as in neighbouring Malaysia. In Singapore, government, community and business leaders often take the lead in serving the dish as part of official functions during the festive period or in private celebrity dinners. Some have even suggested that it be named a national dish.
Yesterday, some of the Alaric Boys and Girls gathered at New Paris in SS2 to have our Chinese New Year dinner prior to everybody going on holiday. Nathan, Sara and myself were there too, and we had our first Yee Sang of 2011. Can you feel the rabbit commig?