How to Make Yee Sang Recipe, Chinese New Year Prosperity Tossed Salad, Lo Hei, Gluten Free and Vegan Option

When I finally figured out how to make my own homemade gluten free vegan hoisin sauce, my friend Juli of Pandemonium Noshery suggested that I use it to make Yee Sang, a Cantonese salad, sometimes pronounced yusheng, also known as Lo Hei, served as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations, because each of the parts of the salad symbolize different wishes for the new year, specifically prosperity.

It is popular among the Chinese community in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. This recipe generally has raw fish in it- yee sang means fish but is also a homophone for an increase abundance- but it can also be served without fish to keep it vegan.

There is a ritual with which this salad is served, which you can see here.

Once the dish is served with each of the parts separately, there is the custom to toss it with chopsticks high in the air, to mix it together, while giving each other warm wishes for the coming year.

The dish usually is made with deep fried wheat "pillows", making it gluten, but I replaced that in this recipe with deep fried gluten free noodles, but you can also use deep fried wonton wrappers if you have those.

How to Make Yee Sang Recipe, Chinese New Year Prosperity Tossed Salad, Lo Hei, Gluten Free and Vegan Option

1/2 pomelo/grapefruit
1-2 carrots
1/2 daikon radish
A few pieces sushi grade raw salmon (optional)
1/2 Chinese pear, regular pear, or apple
A handful of cilantro
1-2 Scallions
Sprinkle sesame seeds
Deep fried noodles
Sauce Ingredients
2 tablespoons gluten free hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon gluten free soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice or lemon juice
1 tablespoon jaggery syrup or other sweetener of choice
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder


1. Julienne/and or your fruit and vegetables into small pieces. Deep fry your noodles. Cut your fish into small pieces.

2. Plate it all so that each color is able to shine separately.

3. Mix the sauce ingredients together.

4. Pour the sauce on and the sesame seeds.

5. Toss and serve immediately!


Have you ever had yee sang before? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

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  1. While I like the fact that you found a gf hoisin sauce, this salad recipe is a bit fancy for my family. We do love Chinese food though and I hope to use your hoisin recipe soon!

  2. Thanks for the shout out! That looks amazing and I love the video showing how to serve it properly.

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