Vegetarian Fresh Fruit Low Shang

Yusheng , yee sang or yuu shang (simplified Chinese: 鱼生; pinyin: yúshēng) is a Chaozhou-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 ()”, Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusheng

This dish is usually eaten on the seventh day of the New Year, but is eaten throughout the Chinese Lunar New Year nowadays. Most restaurants in Malaysia offer it even before Chinese New Year and at some places it is available throughout the year.

“Lo Hei” — tossing yusheng — is a Singaporean/Malaysian Chinese New Year custom for families and friends to gather around the table and, on cue, proceeding to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying 吉祥话 (Jíxiáng Huà, auspicious wishes) out loud to mark the start of a prosperous new year. It is said that the higher you toss, the more prosperous or more of what you wish for the year will be more likely to come true..(in a mad competition of out tossing, you will normally find pieces of good food flying out of the plate, so much for abundance.)

Here’s a yee shang recipe for those who like a new twist to the general fare and very suitable for vegetarians, by the courtesy of Nathalie Chu of Kepong, Malaysia who operates 2 holistic health clinics in Malaysia.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present you with the Fresh Fruit ‘Low Shang’!

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The fresh Fruit ‘Low Shang’ Ingredients

Apple – 1pc
Beetroot – 1pc
Carrot – 1pc
Cucumber – 1pc
Jambu Batu -2pc
Mango – 1pc
Grapefruits – 1pc
Kombu Toku
Walnut
Sesame(black/white)
Peanut
Longan Honey
Neu Vida Oil/Udo oil
Pineapple sauce
Lemon ¼ pc
黄梨酱 Pineapple sauce
黄梨半粒 Pineapple – ½ pcs
蔗糖适量 Cane Sugar

Slice all the fruits and arrange it in a circular manner as per picture

Then add the pineapple sauce and cane sugar on top of it to taste

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Start to mix or ‘low’ in Cantonese…while repeating ‘Shang hei’ which means ‘better fortune for the new year repeatedly or any other auspicious wishes like good health for the coming year and smooth sailing in all endeavours.

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‘Low Hei’ in action…. toss it high high in the air !!!!

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