Yu Sheng is a raw fish salad that is commonly eaten by the Chinese living in Malaysia and Singapore to celebrate Chinese New Year. It usually comprises strips of raw fish slices, different types of shredded vegetables and a mixture of condiments and sauces. Yu Sheng actually means raw fish ( Yu = fish, Sheng = raw) and the word Yu (鱼) is often interpreted as its homophone Yu (余) which means abundance. Hence, eating Yu Sheng during the Chinese New Year is a symbol of having abundance and prosperity throughout the year. If you would like to know more about the history and tradition of eating Yu Sheng, click here.
However, the calories in Yu Sheng can be pretty high, one serving of a typical Yu Sheng can contain the same amount of calories as the main meal. This is mainly caused by the amount of oil, plum sauce, fried condiments like the crispy crackers and pickle added to it. Hence, if you fancy making your own Yu Sheng (which I strongly suggest!) in this coming Chinese New Year, consider making some simple modifications to make it a healthier one. You can have less oil, plum sauce, pickle and crispy crackers to significantly cut back on the calories. On top of that, add more fresh vegetables and include fruits too to boost up the nutrients, fibre, and antioxidants which are good for health.
The Prosperous Yu Sheng
Serves: 5 pax Time required: 20mins
2 pieces popiah skin, cut into small strips
15 sashimi-grade salmon slices (~150g)
1 cup shredded Japanese cucumber
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup shredded purple cabbage
1 cup shredded yam bean
1 cup shredded pear
1 mandarin orange, peeled into segments
6 cherry tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 handful coriander, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons ground peanuts
2 tablespoons plum sauce
3 tablespoons plain water
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon five-spice powder (optional)
- Place a sheet of baking paper on a microwaveable plate, brush some oil on it and then arrange the popiah strips on the baking sheet in a single layer. Microwave for 4 minutes until they turn golden brown and crisp.
- Place the salmon slices in the middle of a platter and then arrange the shredded vegetables and fruits in individual sections around the platter.
- Stir all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined and then set aside.
- When everyone is gathered around the table, sprinkle the popiah crips, grounded peanuts and drizzle the dressing over the platter.
- Finally, get everyone to toss the salad and enjoy!
178 calories; 6.7g Fat; 21g carbohydrates; 8.3g protein; 4.1g fibre
Carbohydrate Servings: 1.5