Loh Sang – The History

Yee sang

It is a common sight during Chinese New Year whether it be in restaurants or houses to see a group of people, usually families tossing a mixture of ingredients collected in one big plate. The dish in particular, is known as Loh Sang, Yusheng, Yee Sang, or in English, the Prosperity Toss. The tradition’s origin goes way back to the land of Guangzhou, where the fishermen would celebrate the seventh day of Chinese New Year by feasting on thier catches, also as a thankful gesture for the prosperity.

While the dish itself is not true to the versions of the olden days, the modern version usually consist of white radish, red pepper, turnips, pickled ginger, dried oranges, chinese parsley, chilli, jellyfish, peanuts, sesame seed, and shrimp crackers. The dish would then be topped of with plum sauce, rice vinegar, kumquat paste, and sesame oil before being tossed.

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