One of the first things I did when I got to Singapore, was to join the American Women's Association. It has proved to be a great way to meet some fantastic people and take part in some fun activities and tours all of kinds.
One such tour was yesterday's walk through Chinatown. Our guide, Diana Chua is very knowledgeable about Singapore in general, but she grew up in Chinatown so it is her backyard.
The main ingredients of shredded Carrots, Cucumber and Radish, indicate blessings of good luck, eternal youth and prosperity. Around the shredded vegetables we also have Pomelo, added for both luck and auspicious value, Ginger, pickled and raw in many different colors and Limes, also for luck.
On the small blue plate, we have some raw White Fish, because Yusheng also means "raw fish"
The white plate has oil with Spices, added in the hope of attracting money and valuables. Also in the oil is Plum Sauce and Hoisin Sauce.
The small blue dish contains finely chopped Peanuts, symbolizing a household filled with gold and silver.
A packet of Wanton crisps in the shape of golden pillows will be added with wishes that the whole floor be filled with gold.
Our waitress then added all the ingredients together onto the big white plate, as she did so she made wishes for "abundance" to come to us in the New Year.
Lastly, it was left to us to "toss" the salad, at the same time making more wishes for good things to come (other than the salad, which was very tasty!) Please check out the video below, you will see what I mean.