Having yu sheng is a must for everyone celebrating Lunar New Year – but they can be expensive and also difficult to order as restaurants and hotels run out nearer to the festive season. So how about making your own at home? You can even get creative and give our salad recipes a spin to whip up your own unique yu sheng for your lo hei! Here are some ideas:
1. Minted Red Cabbage Salad
This salad already has all the auspicious colours (thanks to the red cabbage and carrots), you just need to toss in some raw salmon and crackers and you have a wonderful yu sheng!
2. Duck, Cherry And Mango Salad
The Chinese love enjoying duck on festive occasions as a delicacy; in Chinese culture, eating duck represents loyalty and fidelity, and also is a sign of happiness and wealth. Try this colourful duck salad, simply add in some shredded cabbage, carrots along with slices of raw fish and you have an unusual yu sheng.
3. Celery, Carrot & Cabbage Salad
There is an absolute freshness and vibrancy to this salad that makes it delicious by itself – simply add some raw or smoked salmon slices for a refreshing lo hei.
4. Jelly Fish Salad With Sesame Seeds
Jellyfish is one of those staple ingredients in many traditional yu shengs – try this recipe and add fresh shredded veggies and raw fish slices for a yummy platter!
5. Tea-Smoked Trout Salad
If you are not a fan of raw fish, try this interesting technique of cooking trout by using the smoke of sugar rice and tea. Serve with a Chinese-style fruit and vegetable salad and you have your lo hei!
6. Pork And Pineapple Salad
It’s the Year Of The Pig, so this salad will be perfect. Plus it has pineapple to add to its “huat” factor. To turn it into a yu sheng, add on your shredded veggies and raw fish to it.
7. Fried Noodle Salad
Serve up a unique yu sheng this Lunar New Year – this gorgeous fried noodle salad tastes every bit as great as it looks and is super easy to whip up!
8. Crispy Prawn And Cucumber Salad
This Crispy Prawn And Cucumber Salad makes a speedy, delicious meal. If you want to turn it into a yu sheng dish, swap out the prawns or add on raw fish slices, and include some shredded cabbage.