CNY Lo Hei: Auspicious Salmon Yu Sheng (发财鱼生)

Lo Hei or Prosperity Toss, originally is a Teochew-style Raw Fish Salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish, example the Salmon, & shredded vegetables like Radish, Carrots, Red Pepper (Capsicum), Turnips, Red Pickled Ginger, Lime leaves, Chilli.
auspicious salmon yu sheng recipe
Sauces & other ingredients include Plum sauce, Vinegar, Kumquat paste & Sesame oil; Sun-dried Orange, Jellyfish, Chopped Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Chinese Shrimp Crackers, Five Spice Powder etc.

auspicious salmon yu sheng featured at omy
(Recipe Featured @ OMY-食天堂Eat)

The Yu Sheng dish is considered a symbol of abundance, vitality & prosperity due to its homophone for Yúshēng (余升), meaning an increase in abundance. Hence, the appetizer is taken during festive seasons such as the Chinese New Year, symbolizing "Good Luck" for the new year.

luxury haven auspicious salmon yu sheng
Now, here’s the interesting part if you haven’t taken the Yu Sheng. It’s like a game played during the special occasion. Normally in restaurants, the waiter will have to utter auspicious wishes as each ingredient is added. All diners then stand up & on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while shouting auspicious words. The higher the better, diners are expected to toss fervently! It’s believed that the height of the toss reflects the diner's growth in fortune!

auspicious chinese new year salmon lo hei
Here’s a pix taken by a Japanese friend. 3 visitors from Japan joined us for My Chinese New Year Feasts this year. As the “thumb of rule” above, diners are expected to stand up when tossing the salad. But if you don’t wanna end up having a big mess on your dining table since this is only the 1st course, I suggest having the diners seated. Bet you can imagine the mess especially with my mischievous teenage son there if all of us stood up to “play”. Lol!

auspicious chinese new year salmon yusheng
Typically, here’s how Yu Sheng looks like. But I decided to do something fanciful with the dish & did these for three different groups of guests with some changes to the ingredients:

auspicious chinese new year salmon lo hei jellyfish
Day 1: Auspicious Salmon Yu Sheng with Jellyfish
Chinese character 福 means Fortune or Prosperity

colourful chinese new year salmon yusheng jellyfish
Day 2: Auspicious Salmon Yu Sheng with Jellyfish
Chinese character 吉 means Lucky or Auspicious

chinese new year lucky koi abalone yu sheng recipe
Day 3: Lucly Koi Abalone Yu Sheng with Jellyfish
If you wanna know what the Koi fish represents, check out my

So, what do you think of my Yu Sheng? Do they look like portraits you can hang on your wall? Hahaha! Warning: You’ve got to be patient. It took me about 2 hrs to make the 1st portrait!

pretty chinese new year yusheng featured at food frenzy
Recipe Featured @ Food Frenzy

asia food recipe auspicious chinese new year salmon lo hei
Featured @ Asia Food Recipe

tasting spot auspicious chinese new year recipes
Recipe Spotted @ Tasting Spot, together with my
Lucky Koi Mango Pudding (吉祥錦鯉芒果布丁)

Use your creativity to make the dish. Add any ingredients you want. I ran out of Salmon on the 3rd day, so I replaced it with Abalone. Simply shred the Abalone so there’s adequate to go around. And when I ran out of Green Pickled Nutmeg, I substituted it with Kelp. Enough being said, come & take a peep at what I did:

Ingredients (11 x 15 Cake Base):
1 pkt (75g) of Smoked Salmon
150g Jellyfish
1 Carrot
½ Radish
50g Green Pickled Nutmeg
50g Red Pickled Ginger
30g Sun-dried Orange Peel
½ Lime
30g Crackers or Pok Chui Biscuits
5 tbsp Grounded Peanuts
50g Toasted Sesame Seeds
5 tbsp Sesame Oil
3 tbsp Plum Sauce

  1. Peel & wash carrots & radish. Shred them & set aside. Line cake base with radish & nutmeg by rolling the vegetables. I started decorating with the left side first to help me gauge how big the character is gonna be. Then I worked on the word using the radish.
  2. auspicious chinese new year fortune salmon lo hei
  3. When the word is completed, lined the background with carrots & finish the other side with nutmeg & radish.
  4. how to make cny fortune salmon lo hei
  5. Next, line a row at the top with chopped peanuts.
  6. auspicious chinese new year fortune salmon yusheng recipe
  7. Lined the base of the word with a row of sesame seeds, then another row with red ginger & orange peel. Complete it with Jellyfish.
  8. auspicious chinese new year fortune salmon yusheng recipes
  9. Roll salmon into roses & add to the four sides of the board.
  10. how to make cny salmon yusheng roses
  11. Surround the portrait with crackers. Use red ginger to form the strings & add the lime to act as a “thumb tack” for hanging the prosperity portrait!
making pretty cny fortune salmon yusheng
Well, I do hope these lucky portraits will bring cheer & happiness to you in 2012!!

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  1. That's Lovely Sis.. U sure work hard when it comes to Food good look huh? But yeah, IT's AWESOME!!

  2. they all looked pretty! and my what an effort! good job shirl:))

  3. Gosh! You are not just beautiful but talented too. Should learn from you when I have my own family in future :P

    I guess in order to make yu sheng, it might need lots of time especially arrange all the chinese words.

  4. Aki, am I making u drool? Hahaha! Thks, Aki!

    Charles, thks so much, sweetie!

  5. Diana, u to me are a beautiful person too! Well, best way to bribe your spouse is thru his stomach, isn't it? Hahaha!

  6. Wow..Thats a lovely lovely dish...Appreciate the effort you took to create such a wonderful yu sheng...

  7. The presentation damn nice.. Love it and try to make it for myself next year.. hehe

  8. Neha, thks dear! Appreciate your kind note too :)

    Nikel, your lovely comments mean a lot! Thks :)

  9. Doble thumbs up. At first glance i thought it was a decoration but when i saw you all "low" only then i know it;s yee shang

  10. Small Kuching, heeheehee! Thks, dear! It's all worth the effort hearing that :)

  11. Thanks for the recipe Shirley. My friend in US has been asking me for one and I am going forward this recipe to her. Though I eaten yee sang many times, now I know whats the ingredients and am also going to give this a few but in smaller quantity.

  12. wow. you are amazing! can't believe you did that! It's a 5star hotel/restaurant standard!

    Kudos to you!

  13. Shirley, your guests were the lucky ones to eat such beautifully prepared dishes! Wishing you a New Year filled with increasing abundance! :)

  14. Nava, that's so cool! Thks for spreading the YuSheng dish to your foreign friends :)

    FoodieFC, thks for your wonderful comments & visit! Will pop by your blog soon :)

  15. Kimby, I'm happy to host these friends of mine :) Thks, dear! I wish u the same too!

  16. You are very talented-these Yu Sheng platings look amazing! Great to stop in an learn a bit more about chinese cuisine and tradition. I commend your dedication to preparing this delicious food!

  17. Wow. Seriously, your Yu Sheng looks really nice!

  18. That's a lot of work and compliments on your efforts Shirley. Wishing you all the love and peace this new year and spread the love through your awesome blog.
    Love Ash.

  19. Wow, you went all out! What a fun, interactive dinner~ Delicious, too~

  20. All three Yu Sheng look perfect! Thumbs up to you, Shirley! They seem complicated to make and I'm sure I won't have as much patience as you do. You're truly so creative! Love all the details!

  21. Aemy, thks sweetie!

    Tina, u're too generous with your comments :) Thks so much for the motivation!

    LuPorTi, that's very encouraging! Thks, dear!

    Ash, it's all well worth the effort & thks for your appreciation!

    Lizzy, hahaha! I've to admit it was quite fun!

    Tina, the 1st & 3rd YuSheng did take me a lot of effort to make. Guess it's practice makes perfect :) Thks, sweetie!

  22. Great page! Took a minute to look around and u have a cool stuff on here so adding you to my google connect.. maybe follow each other?..let's talk soon!

    Hugs from NYC!


  23. TD, cool! Thks for visiting & will check out your blog too :)

  24. you are so creative wei!!! Love it hehe :D

    1. YJ, thks for your kind words! Glad it like it too!

  25. Just one word to describe: Impressive!!!

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  27. Beautiful dish, looks very festive. I am glad to find you at G+. Thansk Shirley!

    1. Selena, thks for your lovely note & hope to see more of u!

  28. Hi Shirley,

    You are very creative in all your yu sheng presentation. All your yu sheng are very well thought and executed :D


    1. Zoe, thks for your sweet note! They mean a lot!

  29. This is awesome! first time landed here, felt in love with your very neat write ups..If time permits, you are most welcome to visit my site!! my latest recipe

    1. Suja, thks so much for your wonderful comments! Hope to see more of u here :)

  30. All your recipes looks like an art.

    1. Subha, thanks for the sweet note! I enjoying playing with food :)

  31. That's an incredible post with gorgeous pictures! Unfortunately here it is not possible to prepare your dishes, but I would very much like to taste them!!



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