Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Yee Sang and CNY Dinner 2011

This year CNY falls on a weekday so it is just like any other working day here in the US. Diana can’t be home until Friday so we decided to have our dinner only on Saturday, the 3rd day of CNY. I prepared the usual CNY dishes like Yee Sang (Asian Salad), Ngor hiang (5 spice meat rolls), Siew Yoke (roast pork) Hong Bak (siew pork in black soy sauce), sweet and sour chicken, Butter prawns and a mix vegetable dish. It took me nearly the whole just to prepared and cook these dishes. By the time it was done I was dead tired ha ha... but most important we enjoyed the meal and so was our guest.

This is the first time I prepared Yee Sang and it turn out really well. I even made this dish for our Malaysian get together the very next day and it was well received by everyone. I am happy with that.

There is not so much of a recipe here as you can actually put any raw fruits of vegetables to the salad like I did. I think the most important part of this salad is the dressing. Here are some pictures of our dinner and also my version of Yee Sang.

Ingredients for Yee Sang:

1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup shredded jicama
1 cup shredded pineapple
1 cup shredded green mango
1 cup shredded green apple
1 cup shredded lettuce
100 gram of pomelo pulp
20 gram dry pickle ginger – sliced thinly
20 gram pickle ginger
20 gram pickle onions
50 gram Chinese crispy noodles (thick kind)
A big bunch of cilantro
3 kaffir lime leaves - slice thinly
1 small piece of fresh raw salmon – slice thinly
10 gram sesame seeds – toasted
40 gram peanuts – toasted and coarsely ground
2 limes – cut in wedges


¾ cup plum sauce
1 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp pepper
¼ tsp five-spice powder
2 tbsp apricot jam
Juice of 3 limes
3 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp sugar - if you like it sweeter
½ cup garlic oil (fried the garlic in oil and removes the garlic bits and uses the oil)

1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together and set it aside.Taste and see if the sweetness is to your liking.
2. Arrange all the rest of the salad ingredients on a big platter. Squeeze the lime juice over the raw fish. Pour the dressing on top of the salad, and toss all the ingredients. Serve immediately.

This is the platter I prepared for our gathering.
Everyone tossing the salad together.

Note: If you like the vegetarian version just omit the raw fish.


WendyinKK said...

I was attracted by your eggs in the pork in soy sauce dish. They look so centralised. Here, the eggs are always sided when boiled.
Your friends are so lucky to have you there. It's tiring yeah, but when everybody eats and finishes the food, it's worth all the effort.

Shereen said...

Everything look good there..spotted a few of my favourites.If my angin is good,I'll attempt the yee sang before the CNY is up..love that the most:)

Lisa Ho said...

Oh wow!!What a spread... homemade Yee sang... so rajin :)

I'd be dead tired too... but happy to share wonderful feast with family and friends..

Sarah said...

What an impressive reunion dinner spread! Aren't we all spoilt with ready made yee sang condiments available here. Yet you made everything from scratch. I'm very impressed:)

Jeannie said...

Delicious looking spread, I love the roast pork and the eggs in the hong bak:D

Elin Chia said...

Wow..what a wonderful spread of reunion dishes. The roast pork looks great and your homemade yee sang looks delish too. No wonder you are tired...hard work to prepare all these by yourself but worth it when everyone finishes them and you see their happy faces :)

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Yum yum! Looking at your delicious spread is making my stomach juice growling! I know what you mean when the CNY falls on a weekday....no holiday! But it's great that you all still had a feast and a reunion...that's all that matters! ;) Happy Rabbit year Gert!

Jenn@ChasingFoodDreams said...

Hi Gert, my sis raved about your yee sang to me! :)
Everything looks really yummy and delicious... and yr roast pork.. gosh.. that crackling skin is to die for.. I bet!

mycookinghut said...

Happy CNY!! Wow.. so many dishes.. makes me really hungry now...

ICook4Fun said...

Wendy, all eggs are the same. The only way to get the yolk centralized is to move the eggs often while boiling. This way the yolk won't stay on a side.

Shereen, which is your fav? The Bak and Ngor Hiang? You should try making the yee sang. There were good.

Lisa, ha ha nak makan punya pasal have to make it. Here it is difficult to get yee sang.

Sarah, yes back in Malaysia you can just buy a box of Yee sang. Here we can't do that.

Jeannie, yea this is the typical Hokkien meal we had at home.

Elin, yea I have to cut and cooked everything from scratch but it is all worth it when you see everyone enjoying it.

Bee Bee, we only had our reunion dinner on Saturday. Happy rabbit year to you too.

Jenn, thank you. I am glad your sis like the yee sang. Oh yea this roast pork skin is really good.

Leemei, Happy CNY to your too.

Cheah said...

So much glorious food for the dinner. Bet all your friends must be real pleased with the spread that you prepared.

Babe_KL said...

Gert, wish you and your family Xin Nian Kuai Ler!

My Little Space said...

Gert, what a happy day! Glad to see you keep the tradition going even out of this region. It was fun having everyone you know to join in...more 'hei fun'! haha... See, when people gets older they're looking forward to more tradition way of living. Let's make some noise! yay... It's new year day! Ah... remember what grandma said "No black clothings"! haha.... Btw, love your 'yue sang' version.
祝你一家大小: 新年快乐 心想事成 身体健康! 恭喜恭喜!
Best wishes,

ICook4Fun said...

Cheah, thank you.

Babe_kl, Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family too.

Kristy, I tried to carry on the traditions from back home but sometimes it is difficult. I do the best I can. Yea my grandma too very pantang. No black on CNY :)

Anonymous said...

The yee sang looks delicous. Never tried them with jicama and pineapples.