Yu Sheng is the central opener dish for any Chinese New Year (CNY) gathering that kick-starts the festivities on a high note and the first dish captured on Instagram. As 2023 is the year of the Rabbit, wow your family with Sharefood’s Co-founder Peiwen’s design for Rabbit Yu Sheng 兔子鱼生!
This CNY dish is probably the most auspicious dish on the reunion table as its name and each of its ingredients have their own auspicious meanings. Yu 鱼 or “fish” in Chinese is homonymous with abundance” 裕 while Sheng 生 means either “raw” or “life”. Thus, the name of the dish is raw fish with the connotations of wishing the consumer an abundant life!
Filled with freshly grated vegetables, salmon, preserved condiments and a sweet and sour sauce, this Rabbit Yu Sheng is bursting with various flavours and textures. The Cantonese name lohei implies “tossing good fortnue/to rise with good fortune” with the one who tosses the highest will receive the most fortune. Hence, this salad dish is healthy, delicious, and highly auspicious.
It is also rather easy and more cost-effective to prepare in your kitchen and you can choose the best ingredients to add. Lots of shredding will be needed so it is a good dish for the many family members to chip in and help while bonding over the shredding of the vegetables. The fun part will be assembling the rabbit which you can easily do so by following our Rabbit Yu Sheng template here (insert pdf). Simply download the file and follow it to assemble the Yu Sheng accordingly.
As of January 2023, this recipe will cost around SGD $44 to make.
|Yu Sheng Package||$15|
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Do remember to infuse the dish with fortune by uttering the auspicious blessings while assembling each ingredient! You can refer to the list below for the meanings behind each ingredient and which CNY blessing to say when assembling the Rabbit Yu Sheng:
Carrots indicate blessings of good luck.
Words: hongyun dangtou (鸿运当头)
Shredded white radish for prosperity in business and promotion at work.
Words: feng sheng shui qi (风生水起) and bubu gaosheng (步步高升)
Fish symbolises abundance or excess throughout the year.
Words: nian nian youyu (年年有余)
Pomelo over the fish for luck
Words: daji dali (大吉大利)
Pepper for greater prosperity and fortune.
Words: zhaocai jinbao (招财进宝)
Oil, is drizzled in a circle over the ingredients to symbolise the multifold increase of profits and to encourage money to flow in from all directions.
Words: caiyuan guang jin (财源广进)
Peanut crumbs are sprinkled on the dish, symbolising a household filled with gold and silver. As an icon of longevity, peanuts also symbolise eternal youth.
Words: jinyin manwu (金银满屋)
Sesame seeds, symbolising growth in business.
Words: shengyi xinglong (生意兴隆)
Golden pillows crackers, symbolising gold ingots and wealth. The wish literally translates to mean that the whole floor would be filled with gold.
Words: biandi huangjin (遍地黄金)