Chinese New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of the year according to the Lunar calendar. It is not a Chinese New Year celebration without a Yee Sang dish. Yee Sang is a must-have Chinese main dish when celebrating the new year with your family or friends.
One dish of Yee Sang usually could be shared from 4 to 6 pax but varies according to its size. In Malaysia, there are different types of Yee Sang available for everyone. Celebrate the year of Rabbit with the best Yee Sang from restaurants in Klang Valley.
If you are thinking about where to buy Yee Sang for this year’s celebration, this is one of the places that you can go! Their very own speciality is the Prosperity Lou Sang comes with a “Kerabu Twist” with salmon and jellyfish! What a unique combination! The price starts from RM108 and could change based on your request for ingredients. You can eat their Yee Sang with a group of 6 to 8 people. Do call them to make a reservation 2 days prior to your dinner date.
Address: 28, Jalan SS 23/11, Taman Sea 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
The Fat Fish
This restaurant in Mont Kiara provides you with the best seafood in town. Every Chinese New Year celebration, they will serve you the freshest Yee Sang. They will provide Salmon as the raw fish main ingredient. Accompanied by colourful shredded vegetables to make it more appealing and attractive. With RM98, you could enjoy them either for dine-in, takeaway or delivery.
Address: GF-06, 163 Retail Park, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Kingdom Palace Restaurant
“Fresh ingredients have always been our food philosophy”, and they reflect it, especially in their Yee Sang. Every year they would come out with different types of Yee Sang they could provide. From abalone to salmon to soft-shell crab, you can choose Yee Sang ingredients that suit you. What is best about their Yee Sang, it is available for a smaller portion different from other restaurants. You could even order ½ portion if you crave it even before the celebration. Worry not, they still are available for group portions and huge orders!
Address: L50, Level 1, 3 Damansara, No 3, Jalan SS 20/27, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Grand Imperial Group Restaurant
Just like their restaurant name, their Yee Sang is grand. You can access their special Chinese New Year menu on their website. From the cheapest set, RM148, you will get abalone Yee Sang, braised shark’s fin, assorted vegetable dishes, a bowl of rice and dessert. The restaurant has a big space for your family to gather and catch up while doing some activities together. It is very suitable to book for your Chinese New Year celebration with your family and friends!
Address: Lot GF-001, Ground Floor, 1 Club Drive, Bukit Utama 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
Putien 1 Utama
Putien prioritises the best service for their customer while keeping their food quality in check. Blessed by the harvest from land and sea, their menu is a variety of seafood and stir-fried dishes. Yee Sang KL is available for your Chinese New Year celebration with your beloved circle. Price varies from the sizes that you prefer; Small RM28 (2-3 pax), Medium RM48 (4-6pax), Large RM68 (7 pax or more). Do contact them before you come and have your festive dinner there.
Address: G213A Ground Floor, Promenade, 1 Utama (Old Wing), Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
If we think about Esquire Kitchen, most of us would imagine their great frozen food. Shockingly, every year, they will provide us with their best Yee Sang serving in their restaurant. As they provide a smaller portion, you can place the order online and they will have your Yee Sang delivery to your doorstep. You can have a festive and prosperous menu whenever and wherever you want. Not just on the day of the celebration itself.
Address: Unit 910 & 1010, Block B, Phileo Damansara 1, Jalan 16/11, 46350 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Copper Mansion USJ
Delivers the best seafood for their customers all year round, you definitely would not want to miss their Yee Sang this year. With the spirit of Year of Rabbit, they have made their 2023 menu more special. Their Chinese New Year Lou Sang set could be shared from 6 to 10 pax. Copper Mansion’s special Yee Sang is served with abalone and the set comes with a special braised shark fin with crab meat. Hm sounds luxurious! Contact them now for your booking!
Address: Copper Mansion (USJ) Sdn Bhd (1105116-H) 838, Persiaran Subang, Taman Indah Subang Uep, 47600 Subang Jaya, Selangor.
Gooddam is actually a specialised fusion Italian Chinese restaurant that serves you only the best. This year would be the first time serving dine-in customers their Yee Sang dish. Instead of abalone or salmon, their Yee Sang includes roasted pork belly and the special grilled lobster. If you are coming with a group of four, you will receive a complimentary classic Yee Sang on the house! What are you waiting for? Make your reservation now!
Address: B-G-07 The HUB SS2, Jalan Harapan, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya 46300, Selangor.
Too Yumm Seafood
When you saw the restaurant name, you might think they are serving Thai food, but nope! They are entirely Chinese cuisine restaurants that prepare the best dish for you. This lou sang restaurant in Malaysia serves their Yee Sang, the cheapest for RM48 for their petite size. You can have your own Yee Sang if you are craving it on a random day before the Chinese New Year. Currently, they have a promotion going on where you can get free salmon heads and bones if you spend RM200 on a single receipt.
Address: Lot SH-G-08, GEO Bukit Rimau, Pangsapuri Geo Bukit Rimau Jalan Sungai Burung 32/68, Seksyen 32, Bukit Rimau, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Their signature Yee Sang is back with the energy from Year of Rabbit! We love Flakes because they include a Yee Sang box in the spirit of celebrating Chinese New Year. The box includes a gift card, Yee Sang tossing sheet, Flakes special sauce and croissant crackers. You can have your Lou Sang delivery in Klang Valley but make sure to order one day prior. You can choose the cheapest package from RM68 to the most expensive, RM 168 depending on the ingredient you want.
Address: B-G-06 (B), The Hub SS2, 19 Sentral, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
What is the significance of Yee Sang in CNY?
Having Yee Sang in your Chinese New Year dinner celebration is a compulsory activity for Malaysian Chinese. It is a cultural belief that you will prosper when you start your year with a Yee Sang dinner. Each ingredient in Yee Sang symbolises different kinds of good luck so it is best to have a lot of mix in your Yee Sang.
What is the meaning of Yee Sang?
Yee Sang or Yusheng is a Cantonese word which literally translates to the raw fish salad but also refers to The Prosperity Toss. Yusheng literally means “raw fish,” but because “fish (魚)” is frequently confused with its homophone “abundance (余),” Yúshēng (魚生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升, which means an increase in abundance. As a result, yusheng is regarded as a symbol of abundance, prosperity, and vigour.
What is the main ingredient of Yee Sang?
The main ingredient of Yee Sang is of course fish. Before they usually served raw wolf herring but due to increasing demand, the fish is becoming harder to get. As an alternative, modern Yee Sang also serves salmon or abalone as their main ingredient. Then, they will add a variety of vegetables with different colours to make it look more festive and prosperous.
- Leek means to prosper in business, relationships or life.
- Cucumbers refer to bringing good returns from all your new ventures.
- Papaya means that you can be the best in everything you do.
- White Ginger in Yee Sang kills the bacteria from the raw ingredients.
- Red Ginger will get rid of the fishy smell from the raw fish.
- Carrot means to have fortunes in one’s household
- Radish or Turnips take up the most space in Yee Sang because it is the cheapest ingredient.
- Pok Chui Crackers resemble the gold bar from the old days and bring a lot of money to your home.
- Peanuts and Sesame Seeds are added to hope for many new children and healthy younger generations.
- Vegetable Oil depicts liquid wealth spilling over your life and affairs, ensuring that no area is left unaffected by good fortune and success.
- Pepper and five Spice Powder are sprinkled to bring more wealth to come by.
- Lime brings endless luck coming your way.
Where is the origin of Yee Sang?
Yee Sang is believed to be brought by Chinese immigrants back then to Southeast Asia from Guangdong China. However, it is stated that the dish was just raw fish eaten with some sauces. The original Yee Sang is very different from what we have today. The modern take on Yee Sang in Malaysia was introduced by Lu Zhen Ji from Seremban. He modified a special noodle dish from China and until now we called it Yee Sang.
More intriguingly, it began as a poor man’s diet. Because times were tough back then, instead of the 8-course feasts we’re familiar with, the Chinese made do with veggies readily available from their personal backyard, such as leeks, carrots, turnips, and cucumber.
Why do the Chinese toss Yee Sang?
Tossing Yee Sang is a cultural thing to do when celebrating Chinese New Year. While tossing they would shout prosperous things for the year. Tossing Yee Sang is a fun activity to do with your family and acts as the opening for your gathering. The higher you toss, the more prosperous your year would be.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Lao Sang is a Cantonese word that means toss the salad. It refers to the activity of tossing Yee Sang when celebrating Chinese New Year. Lao Sang is done as a sign to bring great luck and huge fortune in the upcoming year.
It is a common practice for everyone at the table to toss the food into the air with blissful utterances of ‘Lo Hey’, which means move upward. Some people also shout about what they want to achieve in that year. Others also shout Gong Xi Fa Cai which means to wish you more wealth for the year.
Yes. They are not only tossing it in the air as an act of prosperity, but they also eat it after. It would not be as dirty as it is served on a huge plate. So, even when you toss it high, the food still falls back on the plate. After everyone tosses, they would sit and enjoy Yee Sang together.
Traditionally, the Chinese eat Yee Sang on Renri, the 7th day of the Chinese New Year. Although these days, people eat Yee Sang even before that or simply when everyone in the family has the time to gather. Yee Sang would be served as an appetiser because of its symbols of good luck in the new year.
It is recommended to not keep it overnight. As everything in Yee Sang is the raw ingredient, it is best to consume it within 4 hours of serving. If you are ordering delivery Yee Sang, you could store them inside the fridge while waiting for people to gather. However, do not order Yee Sang one day earlier.
The price for Yee Sang could vary from the cheapest RM45 to thousands of Ringgit. It depends on the number of pax you are buying for. Yee Sang prices also depend on the ingredients. The most expensive Yee Sang serves raw abalone with premium ingredients in addition.
No difference between them. Both of them have the same meaning and the same dish. They are just used by different groups of Chinese people. In Malaysia, most Cantonese Chinese use Lao Sang rather than Yee Sang or Yusheng. You can use whichever words when describing this traditional dish in Chinese New Year.
There is no specific great combination of Yee Sang. As long as the ingredient is to your liking and you could enjoy it with your family, then it is the best. Traditionally, you need to have raw fish in it, but the modern take sometimes uses pork or chicken instead.
The Yee Sang will be served when everyone is already gathered. On top of the main ingredient, the group will then drizzle some dressing, and sprinkle some pepper while saying prosper things. Then, if everything is to their liking, the group will start to toss their Yee Sang high in the air.
Yes. Yee Sang has many different types of vegetables such as carrots, leeks, greens, white radish, lime and many more. As all the ingredients are raw and fresh, Yee Sang is definitely healthy without the presence of any additives.
Yee Sang is not usually prepared at home but there is nothing wrong with it. The women in the family would be preparing the ingredients a few hours before the dinner gathering. The ingredients also are easy to find at the market. Some families also prefer to have homemade Yee Sang rather than store-bought.
Depends. You can gather as many as you want. It is your time of gathering with your loved ones so there are no limits. However, if you are eating out, check with the restaurant on how many people they could cater for.
It comes from China, and it is uniquely a tradition for Chinese Malaysian and Singaporean. However, in Malaysia, other races also eat Yee Sang with their Chinese friends. This is to celebrate other cultures and to show harmonious unity among Malaysians.
Some online shops provide meal kits for Yee Sang so you can prepare it easier at home. But, the meal kit would not provide any main ingredients as it would turn bad when it arrives. The Yee Sang meal kit usually includes condiments, crackers and assortments of nuts. A different brand might have special condiments to make their meal kit different.
Yes and no. It depends on what kind of ingredients you put in the yee sang. There are few ingredients in Yee Sang that contains alcohol or lard which makes it non-Halal. However, these days there are few restaurants that provide a Halal version of Yee Sang. If you are still unsure about the food’s status, you can still enjoy your own homemade Yee Sang at home by recreating it from the internet’s recipe.