6 years later, I received a letter from my daughter’s preschool saying they would be “tossing the traditional CNY salad” at her Chinese New Year party. Obviously, I knew it meant something totally different, but it made me laugh so I looked it up.
Yu Sheng (Yee Sang) is a fish salad eaten only during the Chinese New Year. The tossing ritual (apparently unique to Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong) is significant because it “gathers prosperity” for the upcoming year.
Twelve special ingredients are used in the salad. The guests are then given a pair of big chopsticks and invited to toss the salad as high as they possibly can and make a wish. The higher you toss, the greater your luck and prosperity will be.
So that’s what we did at Miss C’s school today – tossed raw fish salad into the air, with chopsticks. We made a complete mess, but the salad surprisingly tasty. Yet another new experience here.