Chinese New Year Yu Sheng (Prosperity Salad)
Throwing and eating yu sheng (or lo hei in Cantonese) is a Chinese New Year tradition unique to Singapore and Malaysia. This celebratory salad is piled with shredded veggies, raw salmon, and condiments like lime juice and crushed peanuts—all topped with a sweet dressing. Each layer and ingredient symbolizes prosperity in some way for the New Year. Eating it is only half the fun, though—once the ingredients have been assembled everyone gathers around with chopsticks to help mix the salad, throwing it into the air. The higher it goes, the more prosperous the coming year will be. If you are here during Chinese New Year, a banquet at a Chinese restaurant complete with yu sheng is a must. Don't forget to offer the traditional "Happy new year!" greeting to everyone you meet: Gong Xi Fa Cai! (pronounced gong see fa chai).
By Arwen Joyce, AFAR Local Expert
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