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Best Yee Sang in Malaysia for Chinese New Year 2015

Yee Sang, Lou Sang, Yu Sheng, Yu Sang. However you spell or pronounce this iconic raw fish salad, it’s the dish of choice when celebrating Chinese New Year – consuming it is supposed to bring prosperity for the coming year. The core ingredients of Yee Sang are usually similar (each one has a specific meaning, and removing it might mean bad fortune), but subtle changes in the sauces and other extras make some Yee Sangs better than others. Skyscanner tosses you some options to consider for this Year of the Goat:

1. Sek Yuen, Kuala Lumpur

Locally renowned for their Eight Treasure Duck, this family-friendly Chinese restaurant in the Pudu district of Kuala Lumpur opened in 1948 and remains successful without becoming overly pricey (most dishes cost RM 5 or less). With its rich heritage, expect all the right pieces combined in a decades-old traditional recipe that’s comforting and delicious all at once.

No. 313 & 315 Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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Sauces for the salad mixed to your pleasure

2. Chakri Palace, Kuala Lumpur

If you don’t mind something a little different in your Yee Sang, try Chakri Palace in the Pavilion KL – where Thai-style sauce and spices are added for a tangy twist on the traditional recipe. While a little costlier than other options (which is to be expected, given the location), it is a refreshing option if you’re seeking more flavour in your tradition.

Lot C4.06.01 Connection Pavilion KL, 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang

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Yee Sang is supposed to be shared with family.

3. Pekin Restaurant, Johor Bahru

A simple, traditional approach to Yee Sang with only the traditional ingredients (no mango slices or extra garnishes here!) mixed together in a large shared plate. Pekin is one of the more expensive Chinese restaurants in Johor Bahru, but their simple, high-quality approach makes it worth the extra price.

Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, 81300 Skudai

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The salad is a symbol of  abundance and prosperity.

4. Lucky Famous Restaurant, Melaka

Lucky Famous is a fixture Chinese restaurant in food-famous Melaka, and their Yee Sang lives up to their reputation. The salad is finely chopped and mixed, in chunks ready for chopsticks (or even bare hands!).

Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, Melaka

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Traditional ingredients for a traditional meal

5. Canton Palace, Ipoh

This modern Chinese option serves traditional Yee Sang in a set, including the salad itself, fried rice, crispy duck, kampung chicken, filleted grouper, pan-fried prawns, Chinese sausage, and a dessert of longan in syrup. As with all good Chinese restaurants, it fills quickly on Chinese New Year, but locals report that they space reservations well enough that you have plenty of time to enjoy the meal.

No. 2, Jalan Medan Ipoh 6, Bandar Baru Medan, Perak Ipoh

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Lou Sang a the table.

6. Kelantan Delights, Kelantan

If you can get an invitation, the Chinese New Year celebration here pulls out all the stops. Appetizers feature the lucky salad, but include other Malaysian and Chinese staples. But Yee Sang here isn’t just a dish. It’s an event, including drums and a lion dance.

Subang Jaya Ground Floor East Wing, Wisma Consplant 1, No 2, Jalan SS16

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Chinese New Year celebrations with a Malay twist

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