Saturday, February 16, 2008

Yee Sang - A Must in the Chinese New Year

Malaysia has a multi-national, multi-cultural population and approximately 25% is made up of Chinese, basically, descendants of migrant Chinese who came from various parts of China.

During this time, wherever one goes, one will be greeted by decorations reflective of the Chinese New Year. Malacca, a historical state has been spruced up for the occasion. Jonker Street and surrounding historical places have been areas of tourist interest. A giant feast of Yee Sang with Yong Ann's bird's nest has been served to the public. This giant serving made it into the Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest plate of Yee Sang.

Yee Sang is a salad-based dish with added slices of raw fish and condiments. This dish symbolises growth and properity.

Among the 18 ingredients in the 10m round yee sang were papaya, cucumber, shredded white ginger, shredded red ginger, slices of pickled leek, lettuce, Bo Chui crackers, fried green yam, fried red yam, ground peanuts, chicken floss, carrot, raddish, powder of five spices, pepper, plum sauce and Yong Ann’s bird’s nest.

Gong Xi! Gong Xi! Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

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