Yusheng (鱼生) is a popular dish in Singapore, served only during the Lunar New Year period. It usually consist of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers, and other ingredients such as sesame seeds, peanuts, pepper, pomelo, plum sauce etc.
Every restaurant has their own version of Yusheng, and ingredients may differ. Some even have abalones or edible gold flakes.
Every ingredient used symbolises good luck, or prosperity, abundance etc. For example. raw fish is used as it means 年年有余 (nian nian you yu), the last word yu (余) means abundance, and it sounds like fish in Chinese. We will toss the salad with friends and family to wish each other a smooth sailing year, good luck, best of health and wealth for the new year.
So for today, on the first day of CNY (Chinese New Year), I also decided to make a Yusheng dish that is safe for all our pets at home!
And this is what I did:
- Sashimi grade salmon
- Japanese Cucumber
- Sesame Seeds
- Barley grains
- Desiccated Coconut
- Blowtorch (Not in photo)
You can easily get sashimi grade salmon for only $2 per pack from any supermarket. I believe this is near the skin and nobody usually buy them as it is too oily?
But it is packed with Omega-3 and still quite a lot of Salmon meat there. Another plus point is that it is boneless too!
Here is a time-lapse video to show how it is done:
After shredding the carrots and cucumbers, you can start to plate your other ingredients in.
Remember to use a blowtorch to cook the scallop and salmon thoroughly!
Tip: You can gently roast the coconut, sesame seeds and dried mealworms too. Smells so good!