Saturday, January 28, 2017

8 Ingredients Raw Vegan Yu Sheng Salad Or The Prosperity Toss

Have you ever dined in a Chinese restaurant in Singapore during the Chinese New Year and wondered about the activity at the table next to yours? 

If you did you were probably amazed by a group of people sitting around the table engaged in vigorous tossing of a salad in a large bowl placed in the center of the table. This is a slightly strange picture since most of us grew up hearing that it is not good to play with your food, especially in a restaurant. But Yu Sheng salad, also known as a Prosperity Toss, is an exception. If you want to prosper in a New Year, you better toss.

Traditionally this New Year's dish includes thinly sliced raw fish. If you are an omnivore who loves raw fish you may want to try the original ancient recipe that has its origins in South China as far back in time as the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). If you are a vegan, try my version of it that is just as tasty. 

Yu Sheng means raw fish, and the pronunciation sound like growing abundance (increase in abundance). This is why this salad is served around New Year.

I reduced the number of ingredients to eight. Eight is considered to be a lucky number in Chinese culture since the Chinese word for "eight" (ba) is pronounced almost like the word for "prosperity" (fa).

  • 1 daikon radish
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 beet
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pink grapefruit or pomelo
  • 1 hot chili pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped raw peanuts or macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup Chinese plum sauce

  • Wash and peel the vegetables. Using a julienne slicer, shred the veggies into long thin strips. You can also spiralize your vegetables if you prefer. 
  • Arrange the vegetable julienne in a large round bowl. Set aside. 
  • Using a very sharp paring knife supreme the grapefruit. If you do not know how to make citrus supremes follow my tutorial. It teaches you how to supreme a lime. Just follow the steps with your grapefruit. 
  • Arrange grapefruit supremes on top of the vegetable julienne. Squeeze grapefruit juice out of the membranes that remain after supreming into the salad bowl. Do not waste anything.
  • Pour the plum sauce into a small bowl. Add sliced chili pepper.
  • Use another small bowl to serve the chopped peanuts.  
  • Place the salad bowl in the center of the table. Add chopped peanuts and the plum sauce. After the condiments had been added, exchange greetings for the New Year. Using chopsticks start tossing the salad until all ingredients are well combined. Rise the chopsticks as high as you can. Do not worry about the mess. This little "ritual" is real fun in a company of a few good friends. It allows you to symbolically toss your worries away and welcome the good fortune.
  • Once the salad is nicely mixed and everybody is merry,  serve it onto individual bowls and enjoy!

  • To decorate my salad bowl I used crushed chili pepper. I dipped my finger into the plum sauce and spread it around the rim of the bowl, then I sprinkled chili flakes on top of it making sure they stay fixed. 
  • I used very hot pepper in my recipe. The burning sensation is to symbolize the fire - one of the Five Elements that is also describing the current zodiac animal, namely the Fire Rooster.
  • My vegan Yu Sheng salad turned out really good, but you can try some variations of it. You may want to use seaweed, julienned red bell pepper, julienned yam, sesame seeds, chopped cilantro, Chinese five spices powder, ground white pepper, and pickled ginger. Instead of plum sauce you can use a dressing made out of rice vinegar, lime juice, honey and sesame seed oil. Experiment! It is fun.
  • By all means use a large, round bowl. Roundness symbolizes fullness and is more auspicious for the New Year. Large bowl also makes the tossing easier and prevents a big mess on the table.


Wishing everybody a very happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Fire Rooster - in radiant health, passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2017


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tropical Winter Smoothie

And what happens when your blender breaks down...

For quite some time I was thinking about replacing my "old" blender with something more powerful like Vitamix or Blendetec blender, but resisted the purchase for at least two reasons: I am an old fashion raw foodie who prefers a crunchy salad to a smoothie, and I do not like plastic and most expensive blenders have a plastic jar. Many of my recipes can be made without a blender, so why bother?

Now, that the inevitable happened and my blender broke before I could properly blend this smoothie, I have no choice, but to simply go shopping. I still have not made up my mind what product to buy, but I promise to keep you posted when a new product arrives at my door.

Use as many fresh ingredients as you can, but frozen fruit is OK as well. Modern technology makes it possible to preserve the vitamin content in frozen fruits and vegetables. The only thing that you cannot control is the ripeness of the ingredients. 

  • 1-2 fresh, very ripe mangoes
  • 1 small papaya
  • 1 very ripe pineapple
  • 2 bananas
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 cups coconut water (I used water straight from a fresh Philippine coconut)
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey (for the immune system support)
  • 1 tsp baobab powder (rich in Vitamin C)
  • 1/3 cup green superfoods powder 
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh greens, chopped (I used greens from organic radishes, you can use kale, spinach, or chard)

  • Blend all the fruits, lemon juice and coconut water. When you use very ripe fruits you do not have to add any sugar to make your smoothie sweet.
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. (This is where my blender broke and left my radish greens only partially blended.)
  • Adjust the taste to your personal liking and whiz again.
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy in good company!

Tip: I am aware that many vegans do not eat honey. Unfortunately, there is nothing in nature like the raw honey to support your immune system. The healing properties of honey were known in Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. If you decide to use honey in your recipes, purchase organic raw honey from responsible apiaries. Such honey is very expensive, but you can be sure that it was produced as ethically as possible. 

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmony@2017


Monday, January 2, 2017

Immune System Boosting Salad Dressing Recipe

I sincerely hope that everybody had a good start into a New Year. Like many of my readers I wish to stay healthy and plan to do everything possible to enjoy my good health for as long as I can. 

Strong immune system is one of the most important factors in good health and there are many ways to boost it. If you asked me, nutrition is one of the most pleasant ones.

By simply consuming foods that are known for their anti-bacterial and anti-viral action, you can increase your resistance to seasonal infections such as common cold or flu, for instance.

In my immune system boosting recipe I used 
  • Cranberries - these crimson red berries are well known for their anti-bacterial action in the urinary tract, but now scientists agree that unique compounds in cranberries may benefit entire body, including the immune system;
  • Ginger - balances the immune system and restores its proper function. Well researched compounds in ginger have the potential to activate the T-cells of our immune system. T-cells are capable of destroying cells infected by viruses. They can even destroy tumor cells in the body.
  • Garlic - has been used for thousands of years to cure various ailments and diseases. Studies show that people who consume garlic have fewer colds and also recover faster from cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Chili pepper - contains vitamin C which the body uses to produce the germs-fighting white blood cells. A compound in chili known as capsaicin reduces inflammation, helps clear congestion and may prevent sinus infections.
  • Oranges - are not only rich in cold-fighting, immune system supporting vitamin C, they contain bio-flavonoids, vitamin A, and fiber - that prevent inflammation and help strengthen the immune system. 

~ Immune System Boosting Salad Dressing ~

  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 small hot chili pepper
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • juice of 1 large navel orange
  • 1/3 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

  • Toss all the ingredients into a blender and process until velvety smooth. Adjust the taste to your personal liking and serve with robust winter greens, winter roots salads, or as a deep. Enjoy in good company!

Tips: I did not use any sweetener in this dressing and made it vegan. The orange I used was sweet enough. It blended well with all the other ingredients without overshadowing them. If you love raw honey you can add some to this recipe, but I would not use any other sweetener since sugar suppresses the effectiveness of some types of immune cells (mostly phagocytes). Honey is known for its immune system supporting qualities and is good for you.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon@2017

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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