Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad

By Tuesday, February 11, 2014 0 , , Permalink 0

Several Malaysian girlfriends in Irvine got together to learn how to make Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad (Sweet and Sour Tossed Chinese New Year Salad) to celebrate our 2014 Horse Lunar New Year. Please do not mistaken, this dish didn’t come from China. But instead, this dish is only popular in the South East Asia – Malaysia and Singapore.

Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad

It is very typical to find restaurants in Malaysia to serve “lou sang” (also referred as “yee sang“) only during Chinese New Year.  It is a big auspicious ritual to bring good fortune and good luck for the new year, especially for business owners. “Lou sang” is usually served as an appetizer for the Chinese New Year dinner.  I remember I did not like the taste of this dish just because I was not used to eating raw vegetables.  However, as I grew older, I find this dish to be enjoyable and it brings back memory of Chinese New Year dinner with my family when I was young.

This salad is not difficult to make but it is time consuming.  We used many different types of shredded vegetables, each piled up separately on a round plate, some crispy deep fried Chinese doughnut (“yau char kwai“) and topped with sliced salmon sashimi. Grounded peanut and toasted sesame seeds are sprinkled on top before serving with the sauce sweet and sour plum sauce.

Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad

For our “lou sang“, we have the following ingredients:

Salad:
Green papapya, peeled and shredded
Jicama, peeled and shredded
Carrot, peeled and shredded
Cucumber, shredded
Yali pear, julienne
A few slices of pineapple, julienne
Cilantro, leave parts only
Prepared jelly fish in a pack
Sweet pepper, julienne
Pickled ginger
Pomelo, remove rind and break apart the flesh
Chinese doughnut, cut into tiny pieces and toast to get a crispier texture

Toppings:
Salmon sashimi, sliced thinly
Ground peanut
Toasted sesame seeds
1 teaspoon of Malaysian 5-spice powder, sprinkled on top
1/2 lime juice

Sauce:
Lee Kum Kee plum sauce
Honey to taste
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Juice of 1 lemon

Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad

Here is a picture with our beautiful ladies before the mess. For the “lou sang” ritual, it is auspicious, the higher you toss the salad, the more luck and fortune you will have for this coming new year. Let’s dig in!!! HUAT ah!!*

Malaysian Style Lou Sang Salad

*HUAT means good fortune in Hokkien

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