Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Prosperity Toss Salad

7th March 2017

Hello, hello, foodie friends! Thank you for showing Pinchables your love and following our insatiable appetites from one food trail to the next.

I’ve been MIA from the blog ever since the beginning of last December due to a bicycle accident that inconveniently fractured my right wrist and put my left hand in a hand brace — double whammy the fun! Let’s just say both my breaks decided to go on strike as the French do and they won’t be coming back. Adieu, little rioters!

On a much brighter note, I’ve finally parted ways with the cast on my right hand yesterday and taken to the friendlier hand brace ☺️

What I’ve learnt is that even when thrust into an awkward juxtaposition of Edward Scissorhand-like hands, the calling for food is too strong to ignore — fork and knife be damned! She shall eat, dammit!

And boy did she eat. I spent a good 5 weeks eating to my heart’s content with the family in Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

With a little fidgeting and heaps of patience from my family and friends (No, don’t touch that yet! Just one more shot!), I was able to photograph my food travels, cast in tow! Pinchables were deservingly accumulated and you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the upcoming posts ahead.

Meanwhile, Jess has been graciously taking over the blog and busting out posts like the champ she is! My Dessert Partner to the rescue ????????


Since I was in Malaysia during the Chinese New Year celebrations this year, it was inevitable that my chopsticks would cross paths with the Prosperity Toss Salad.

What is a Prosperity Toss Salad, you ask? Better known as Yee Sang or Loh Hei, it is a salad comprised of raw fish, colourful, shredded vegetables, crunchy condiments and a signature sweet and tangy sauce.

Traditionally served as an appetizer during Chinese New Year, this colourful salad is unique to Malaysians and Singaporeans alike.

Why is it called “Prosperity Toss”? Yee Sang or Loh Hei translates to an “increase of abundance.” It’s known as a prosperity dish that is shared with family and friends; everyone gathers together around the table to toss all of these ingredients as high as possible into the air with their chopsticks whilst loudly chiming in vigorous wishes. It’s believed that the higher the toss, the more abundantly you shall be blessed through out the new year in all aspects of your life.

Served on a platter, the ingredients are laid out separately and to be mixed/tossed with chopsticks yourselves. The salad mainly consists of raw fish (usually salmon or jelly fish), shredded carrots, white radish, cilantro, fried wonton wrappers, stringy red-coloured crackers, pickled ginger, pomelo fruit and lime juice. These ingredients are topped with condiments such as sesame seeds, five spice powder, pepper, crushed peanuts, cinnamon and then finished with plum sauce, sesame oil, kumquat paste and rice vinegar.

Symbolically, each ingredient, condiment and sauce bears different meanings that represent abundance, luck, good health, flourishing careers, stronger family ties, etc.

Yee Sang is readily available for purchase at most chinese restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore. Chinese New Year goers can either order them to be taken home or simply enjoy tossing up their Yee Sang at the restaurant itself ???? But then of course, you could make your own homemade version instead!

Personally, Yee Sang is a playful dish that brings together a beautiful medley of colours, textures and flavours. Refreshing and addictive to the palate!

Skeptic or believer, you can’t deny it’s helluva fun way to share your food — toss, up, up and away!

 

Till our next meal together,

        Lili

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