Yu Sheng – Singaporean Lunar New Year Salad
This Lunar New Year salad uses the best seasonal ingredients to create a lucky dish that is affordable, delicious and fun for the whole family to make together. Learn about the origins of Yu Sheng here.
Yu Sheng Salad Recipe
- 3 oz. buckwheat soba noodles
- 1/3 cup chopped roasted salted peanuts
- 4 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- 4 dashes five-spice powder
- 1 pomelo, cut into sections
- 3 1/2 oz. enoki or shiitake mushrooms, trimmed
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 1 cup shredded cucumber (skin on)
- 1 cup shredded daikon radish
- 2 tangerines, cut into sections
- 2 Tablespoons shredded pickled red ginger
- 1/4 cup sesame or won ton crackers
- 1 cup Yu Sheng Dressing (recipe below)
- 4 red new year envelopes (lai see or hóngbāo)
- 4 sets of chopsticks
Instructions for Adults
Assist with supervision of stovetop and safe knife skills. Stick around. This recipe needs to be tossed and eaten together for good luck!
Instructions for Kids
Cook the noodles as directed on the package, then rinse them with cold water, drain, and refrigerate.
Using four red new year envelopes, divide the sesame seeds, peanuts, and five-spice powder between them.
Arrange the pomelo, mushrooms, carrot, cucumber, radish, tangerines, ginger, and crackers in piles around the edge of a large platter. Arrange the soba noodles in the middle.
Before tossing the salad, pour the dressing over all the ingredients. Give each person an envelope to sprinkle on top. Give each person a set of chopsticks. Using chopsticks, toss the ingredients as high as possible, saying “Lo hei” (good luck) while mixing the salad. Serve.
Yu Sheng Dressing Recipe
Yield: 1 cup
- 1 pomelo, juiced
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 3 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup sesame oil
- Salt to tast
- Freshly ground black pepper
Instructions for Kids
Whisk together the juice, honey, and vinegar. Whisk in the oil and season with salt and pepper.
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