The prosperity toss – 'yu sheng' or 'yee sang' is a fun, delicious tradition. It’s made from all kinds of pickled vegetables cut into thin slices. The more elaborate salads will have up to 20 different types of vegetables. The ingredients are served on a large serving platter along with piles of sesame seeds, chopped peanuts, crushed crackers, spices and sauce made of plum sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Raw salmon slices are also added for abundance and prosperity.
Each participant will get a pair of long chopsticks and is invited to toss the salad high into the air and shout 'loh hey' (toss high)! You’re encouraged to be both loud and messy, shouting blessing of good luck and wishes. During the communal movement it’s said that the height of the toss reflects the potential growth in fortune for those about to eat the dish.
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