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Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Langkawi

Langkawi is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea, some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. The islands are a part of Malaysia’s Kedah state, but are adjacent to the Thai border. By far the largest of the islands is the eponymous Pulau Langkawi with a population of about 45,000. The island is a declared duty-free zone.

The peak season is from December to March when moonson at the eastcoast shuts down most of the Islands there (Perhentian etc.). This makes Langkawi a good island alternative during that time period. Generally though, Langkawi can be visited all year around.

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Yee Sang

Salad | Chinese
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Yee Sang
Teochew-style raw fish salad, traditional dish for Chinese New Year
also known as:
Yu Sheng 鱼生, Spring Toss, Lou Sang

Yee Sang (Cantonese) or Yu Sheng (Mandarin) is a signature dish for the Chinese community in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia during Chinese New Year.  Yusheng means "raw fish". The salad has unique sweet and sour flavour and consists of strips of raw fish (usually salmon), shredded pickled vegetables and other ingredients. All ingredients are positioned seperately on a big plate. The ritual is to gather around the plate, each person holding chopsticks, and to mix and toss the salad together while shouting "Loh Hei" (Cantonese for "toss up good fortune") and announcing auspicous wishes. The higher you toss the better (and the messier the table). Traditionally, the dish has seven symbolic ingredients and is served on the seventh day of Chinese New Year. But the ritual is common anytime during the festive season with family, friends or at work.

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ingedients:
sweet plum sauce, roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, slice of raw fish (usually salmon sashimi or mackerel), pickled shredded vegetables (green yam, white radish, carrot, cucumber, red pickled ginger, pomelo, red yam), Pok Chui crackers

Yee Sang, Yee Sang
Yee Sang


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