Wednesday 8 February 2012

Happy Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai

ODM wishes everyone at Intern Asia a Happy Dragon Year Ahead! 

Whilst collecting red packets and visiting families are a must this festive season, let me introduce you 1 dish that is commonly served. It is called the Yu Sheng, also known as Raw Fish. It may be eaten on any convenient day during Chinese New Year as a symbol of prosperity and good health amongst the Chinese. Find out more about it here

Back in Singapore, the dish consist of fish served with white radish, carrots, red pepper, turnips, red pickled ginger, sun-dried oranges, chilli, jellyfish, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, Chinese shrimp crackers, five spice powder and other ingredients. All diners at the table then stand up and on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various "auspicious wishes" out loud. It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's growth in fortunes, thus diners are expected to toss enthusiastically. 

A pretty fun practice that messes up the table! 

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