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Chinese New Year Celebration With Yee Sang – Another Chinese New Year Famous Food

February 5, 2010

In Yee Sang (or Yu Sheng) is a raw fish salad that is usually eaten throughout the entire Chinese New Year.

Yee Sang can also be prepared as a vegetarian dish as well by omitting the fish and replace them with more vegetables. Typically, the vegetables included are shredded radish, carrot, yam and sweet potato with added coloring, pickled ginger and green papaya.

The most common raw fish used in the set of dishes is salmon while some might like this dishes with jelly fish for an extra chewy texture. Other condiments that usually go with Yee Sang are crackers, crispy wanton skin, roasted peanuts, roasted sesame seeds as well as pickled fruits and vegetables. Lastly, the sauce is important as well. Plum is the usual choice together with rice vinegar and sesame oil.

By tradition, it was originated from Chaozhau, China where simple ingredients and sauce were used like fresh raw fish, strips of turnips and carrot together with the combination of oil, vinegar and sugar as the sauce. The modern Yee Sang is reinvented by a master chef from Singapore. Now, we can easily prepare and buy the set of dishes from restaurants or local retailers.

Since the enhancement of the modern Yee Sang, Malaysia follows suit, making it a tradition that every family loves. Besides that, it also bring in the meaning of harmony where whole families having the dinners and Yee Sang together.

Having this dishes during Chinese New Year is mandatory and meaningful because it is a symbol of prosperity and abundance. It is essential to usher in a brand new year with auspicious food to ensure a better life ahead.

In the new year there is now a regular on the popular modern society do traditionally red packets are also handed out to younger generation by their parents, grand parents, relatives, and even close neighbors and friends during Imlek. Nowadays giving red packets as a bonus at the year-end by employers becomes popular and Imlek parcel is also a tradition of giving to business associates or relatives.

Giving Imlek parcel to employees prior to the New Year is also a good idea. This can be either a gift or a bonus. If it is as a gift, the money should be just right for a gift. If as a bonus, you may enclose a check in the parcel gift and hand it out in an office.

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