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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Thursday was office 'Lo Sang'

Lo Sang is (as far as I can tell), a meal that uses chopsticks to toss all the mixture of few preserved & colourful vegetables, fruits, crackers & raw fish slices. It's eaten predominately noisily and messily at Chinese New Year.

Chinese people believe that the higher you toss it, the more luck it will bring. The more you toss it the better luck you'll have.

The lo sang – meaning tossing of the yee sang (raw fish salad) – is an invitation for great fortune to come into the participants’ lives in the coming year.

If anyone out there would like to correct or help this ignorant gwei-lo add to the above it would be much appreciated :)


Recipe for yee sang:

  • 150g sliced raw fish (you can use salmon)
  • 100g white radish, shredded
  • 100g carrot, shredded
  • 100g mango, shredded
  • 50g spring onions, shredded
  • 1 red chilli, shredded
  • 75g pickled papaya, shredded
  • 6 pickled leeks, shredded
  • 100g pomelo wedges, peeled and separate the sacs
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded
  • 20g young ginger, finely shredded
  • 1 pair yao char kwai, sliced thinly and deep-fried until crispy
  • 100g sweet potato, finely shredded
  • 50g toasted sesame seeds
  • 70g roasted peanuts, pounded

Sauce ingredients (cook and cool)
  • 300g plum sauce
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame paste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 10g Chinese five spice powder, put into a red packet


Deep-fry shredded sweet potatoes in hot oil until crispy. Drain. Add sliced yao char kwai pieces to the hot oil. Deep-fry until lightly golden and crispy. Remove from oil and drain well on crushed kitchen paper.

Combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a low simmering boil. Leave aside to cool completely before use.

Arrange the shredded ingredients attractively on a big, round serving platter.

To serve, pour the sauce over the yee sang and sprinkle the with five-spice powder.

Add a sprinkling of sesame seeds, roasted peanuts and raw fish.

Toss and eat!


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