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Chinese Spring Festival Jellyfish Yu Sheng ( 中国春节海蜇捞鱼生 )

cny reunion dinner jellyfish yusheng lohei
Lichun ( 立春 ) traditionally signifies the beginning of spring in East Asian cultures, and Chinese New Year is celebrated around this time. Chinese New Year, also called Chinese Spring Festival ( 中国春节 ), is the most important and majestic annual event for us Chinese people.

colourful singapore cny reunion dinner singapore lohei yusheng
Lasting 15 days, the big occasion kicks off with a family reunion on the eve of the Lunar New Year New where families of different generations sit around dining tables to have a feast together.

During the CNY Reunion Dinner, a traditional salad dish popular in Singapore and Malaysia called Yu Sheng or Prosperity Toss ( 捞鱼生 ) symbolising good luck is served. Since the Lunar New Year is also known as the Chinese Spring Festival ( 中国春节 ), I decided to make a Yu Sheng with the Spring ( 春 ) character, representing the joyous season.

cny lohei jellyfish yu sheng pickled ginger nutmeg
Typically, the Lo Hei dish will have raw fish, plus other ingredients like white radish, carrots, turnips, pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, jellyfish, chopped peanuts, sesame seeds and crackers, with seasonings such as plum sauce, sesame oil etc.

chinese new year hockhua tiger king abalone salad
As my sister-in-law has some diet constraints, I decided to omit fish and abalone in the Jellyfish Yu Sheng and prepared a separate Thai Abalone Salad with Baby Spinach for other family members instead.

80g Shredded Carrots
150g White Radish
150g Jellyfish
20g Green Pickled Nutmeg
20g Red Pickled Ginger
20g Preserved Sweet Onions
10g Pok Chui Biscuits
10g Keropok / Prawn Crackers ( optional )
5 tbsp Roasted Sesame Seeds
5 tbsp Chopped Peanuts
Pinch of Grounded Black Pepper ( put inside red packet )
4 tbsp Sesame Oil
3 tablespoon Lime Juice
2 tbsp Plum Sauce

    chinese spring festival carrots salad food art
  • Arrange carrots to form the " Spring " ( 春 ) character on a serving plate.  
  • singapore prosperity toss colourful raw fish salad
  • Once you are happy with your character, place radish neatly as the base.  Alternatively, you may also start off by putting the radish first as the base, then arrange the carrots on top to form the character if you find it easier. 
  • chinese new year spring festival carrots radish salad
  • Next, sprinkle peanuts and sesame seeds around the radish. I am using each of the ingredient to form half the semi-circle.
  • creative singapore yusheng ingredients colourful prosperity toss
  • Now you can start to place the pickles and jellyfish on one side of the circle.
  • chinese spring festival jellyfish yu sheng lo hei
  • Arrange the crackers to finish off the Yu Sheng. Well, I had some coloourful prawns crackers so I added them too.
chinese new year creative dishes jellyfish yusheng
So, what do you think of my Chinese Spring Festival Jellyfish Yu Sheng ( 中国春节海蜇捞鱼生 )? To start the Prosperity Toss, the seasonings will be added before the Lo Hei session. Huat ah!

fassler gourmet smoked salmon yusheng recipe
This is another one of my Chinese New Year Lo Hei: Smoked Salmon Yu Sheng with Jellyfish!

Well, I will be having a secondary schoolmates gathering next week and I am still in the prowl for my next Yu Sheng design. Mmm........ what shall I make next? Will you be having any Lo Hei sessions?


  1. Shirley, it is still not too late for me to wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai! May the new year bring all things good to you and your family. I must say that your Jellyfish Yu Sheng is majestic! Your "Spring" character is so perfectly arranged. Your Thai Abalone Salad is also very beautiful and oh! the one in the last pic is also very captivating with the 4 fishes! You are very talented my dear!

  2. What a sumptious and luxurious feast. And beautifully made too.

  3. That looks really lovely!!! ^^ Since today's still considered to be within the CNY period, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family, Shirley! =) Hope you had a good CNY! =)

  4. Love the design.

    Happy Lunar new year to you and family. :)

  5. This is the most beautiful Yu Sheng I have ever seen, Shirley. Wish I could have some! ^.^

  6. This is so beautiful to eat great jod Shirley may the CNY bring you fortune and love.

  7. It looks so yummy!
    Have a great week darling, kisses

  8. ;D

    Vou seguir quando chegar em casa!

    Parece ser muito delicioso!

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

  9. Great job Shirley! Your dishes always look both delicious and beautiful!

  10. I always love the decorations of your dishes!!!! Great job darling!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  11. Looks so beautiful and yummy!
    Have a nice evening!
    Angela Donava

  12. Happy New Years

  13. I do love the tradition of yee sang.

  14. Beautiful and tasty!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  15. Looks nice :)
    Maria V.

  16. Happy New Year to you Shirley. This dish looks so incredible, not only delicious but such a work of art. I can't wait to see what you come up with next


  17. Such beautiful vibrant colors Shirley :)

  18. Torture looking at this dish when my hunger pangs are twisting. Nicely put together.

  19. You are wonderful! The many pattern of yusheng never failed to surprise me. I'm anticipating what the new coming design would be too....

  20. Your Chinese Spring Festival Jellyfish Yu Sheng is beautiful! you have so much patience to arrange the word so nicely! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  21. What a beautiful dish! I love how you incorporated a Chinese character---lovely idea!

  22. Omg Shirley, it looks delicious and your cooking is so artistic too
    I sis not win the blog contest but I guess my blog is quite new and I am working in getting better blog design, oh well, I will try again next year :)
    Happy New Year!
    Btw do we follow each other in G+ or GFC, or any other?
    Let me know :D

  23. This looks soooo YUMMY! Love it :D

  24. This bento is too cute! However, I have never tried a jelly fish. I know it is so common in Asia, but whenever there is a jelly fish dish in front of me, I always think about the real jelly fish which scares me lol

  25. The dish looks so yummy, Shirley. Wishing you again a happy and healthy new year, darling.

  26. Tanta voglia di assaggiare questi piatti che per me sono nuovi!

  27. Another amazing presentation, Shirley! You must have such patience to create such beautiful meals. I have to say, I have never heard of Green Pickled Nutmeg before. It sounds intriguing.

    Thank you so much for sharing your holiday feast with us Shirley. It really is fun to learn about the traditions of the festival...

  28. Food looks delicious!

    BTW, Im so glad to learn sign representing SPRING. Its the most joyful time of the year for me! :D

    Have a good day!

  29. This is the most beautiful and creative plate of Yee Sang I have ever seen. I swear that they are the best and I give you a GOLD MEDAl for this. Soon the hotel chefs who read your blogs will copy your style next year! Huat Arrrrrrrr!!

  30. What an amazing menu! You are the best! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW POST

  31. You arranged it beautifully! Out of all my culinary experiences, I don't think I've ever had jellyfish! Can't imagine what the texture might be like.

    Have an amazing new year!!
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  32. What yummy platters! I should certainly visit you when I drop by Singapore.

  33. Fun, creative and colorful! I absolutely love how so many people get creative with yu sheng! My family always adds extra ingredients like jelly fish, scallop, smoked salmon, bak kwa and more! We've never done anything that looks so pretty like characters or the zodiac animal but we definitely get fancy with ingredients since not everyone takes raw fish in my family. Hope you had a great lunar new year Shirley!


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