Yusheng for Chinese New Year
Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!!! For this new year, I thought it would be the most appropriate to write about one of my favorite dishes that is usually only served during this time: yusheng. It is a mix of ingredients that are assembled with accompanied prosperity sayings, ending in a toss up of all the ingredients. The higher the better!
One of my favorite places where I had yusheng was at Crab at Bay Seafood Restaurant in Singapore. Instead of the traditional slices of raw fish added on top, it is served with fresh abalone.
Yusheng is plated as a very colorful and organized platter of mostly vegetables, and the server will come over to add the additional crucial ingredients. And a prosperous saying is associated with the addition of each item as seen in this [semi-shaky] video I took:
We all tossed the the yusheng, and this was the super messy result:
Crab at Bay also serves up other delicious plates of seafood that will satisfy your oceanic needs, from stewed fishes to perfectly cooked and seasoned jumbo shrimps.
But the crab bee hoon is by far the most infamous item on their menu. I went there wanting to have chili crab. Thankfully, my friends ordered the local vermicelli noodle and whole mud crab dish instead, which was presented as if I had to fight the giant crab for all the noodles! And the spiced milky broth that coated the noodles was to die for!
To finish up the meal on a sweet note, we went for the traditional red bean soup. I like my beans a bit more mushy than this, but the sweet and slightly savory flavors were on point!
If you are vegetarian, don't worry - there are a number of places that serve up vegetarian yusheng. My friend brought us to Elemen for their tasting menu, which included a truffle yusheng. It made me forget that I was not consuming any meat or seafood!
And make sure you toss it up as high as you can! 年年有余！新年快乐！
- A reservation is needed at either of these places, especially around Chinese New Year time.
- Yusheng is best in a group, so bring your family or friends!
- They will be serving yusheng for almost a month after Chinese New Year, so you have time to try it out still!