Many festive meals begin this way and a common sight in restaurants is to see groups of diners standing around a bowl of Yee Sang with chopsticks in hand, tossing the salad as high as they can while yelling auspicious phrases. The higher you toss, the greater your fortunes.
Salmon and lobster Yee Sang, Renaissance, Kuala Lumpur
This colourful salad traditionally comprises 27 ingredients including thin slices of pickled vegetables such as carrots, red peppers, turnips, and radishes, as well as chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds and Chinese shrimp crackers. All this is laced with plum sauce, rice vinegar, kumquat paste and sesame oil for a lip smacking medley of sweet, sour, salty and savoury.
Unique versions of this time-honoured dish crop up each year, the best of which can be found in KL’s top hotels. Dynasty Restaurant at The Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel offers six types of Yee Sang – Fruity Fiesta, salmon, salmon and smoked salmon, lobster and salmon, mini abalone and salmon, and the Three Treasure.
Wealth of culinary treasures this Lunar New Year, The Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur
Meanwhile Tao Chinese Cuisine at The Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur presents a lush array of platters that come with lavish ingredients such as bird’s nest, Hokkaido scallops, baby octopus, tempura mushrooms with Korean sweet pear and Australian whole ’20 head’ abalone.
Shang Palace at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur ushers in the Year of the Fire Monkey with seven varieties of Yee Sang including Japanese tuna, geoduck clam, crispy fish skin and jellyfish flower, and Canadian lobster.
Available for dine-in or take away at all these establishments, taking part in this age-old custom is an absolute must during Chinese New Year. Make sure to toss as high as you can to ensure an abundance of luck and happiness for the coming year ahead.