Yee Sang - Prosperity Toss Salad 🥢🥗🧧
Yee Sang is a traditional Lunar New Year dish normally enjoyed as a communal appetiser. It is a colourful platter of assorted finely shredded vegetables, that is then tossed by everyone at the table as they all make auspicious wishes. It is believed that the higher and more vigorous the toss, the better year you will have, so it makes for a really fun and interactive experience to kick off a family's new year meal. Aside from the theatre of the dish, it’s also a very delicious salad with so many textures and flavours: sweet, tangy, crunchy, savoury.
Serves- 6 as an appetiser
Cooking time- 45 minutes
Skill Level- Easy
- 100g of wonton wrappers
- 250ml of vegetable oil
- 1 carrot, julienned
- 1 daikon or white radish, julienned
- 4 red radish, julienned
- 100g pickled ginger
- 300g sashimi grade salmon, finely sliced
- 1 cos or gem lettuce, finely shredded
- 1 pomelo or grapefruit, peeled and segmented
- 2 sprigs of spring onion
- 3 sprigs of coriander
- 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds, roasted
- ¼ cup of peanuts, roasted and roughly crushed
- 2 kaffir lime leaves, stems removed and very finely sliced
- 2 teaspoons of five spice
- ½ cup of plum sauce
- 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
Watch the process
- Prepare all of the vegetables and herbs above as stated.
- For the wonton wrappers, cut each square into 2cm ribbons. Heat the oil into a small pot and then once hot, (you can check by placing a chopstick into the oil and if bubbles appear, it’s ready), fry in batches until golden brown and then allow to cool on a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
- Finely slice your salmon and set aside.
- Mix all the dressing ingredients in a bowl until combined and set aside.
- Use a large platter and begin assembling each ingredient into round mounds. To keep it colourful, place contrasting colours next to each other.
- Scatter over the five spice, sesame seeds and peanuts.
- Once you're ready to serve and eat, simply pour the dressing all over the salad and then have all of your guests toss the salad together using their chopsticks.