Freshly Tossed Salmon with Melons and Peanuts (Fung-Sung-Soy-Hei)

  • serves 4
Christine Cushing
Christine Cushing

Recipe Courtesy Christopher Christie, Executive Chef, Langham Hotel, Hong Kong.

This dish is one of the most famous in the Chinese culture for New Year’s celebrations throughout the Asian region. It is famous due to the action necessary as one must toss the ingredients into the air in order to mix them as they say out loud “fung sung soy hei” which sounds as if they are asking for the most luck possible in everything they do in life, be it investing, working or even gambling. The upward motion of tossing the ingredients creates the thought of moving the economy upward towards the sky.

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Directions for: Freshly Tossed Salmon with Melons and Peanuts (Fung-Sung-Soy-Hei)


400 g salmon, skinned and boneless, julienne (14 ounces)

120 g honeydew melon, julienne (4 ounces)

120 g cantaloupe melon, julienne (4 ounces)

120 g white turnip (daikon), julienne (4 ounces)

100 g pomelo, peeled (3.5 ounces)

40 g red chile, fine julienne (1.4 ounces)

60 g peanuts, crushed (2.1 ounces)

50 mL plum sauce (1/4 cup)


1. Place the honeydew, cantaloupe, white turnip and pomelo around a serving platter.

2. Place salmon into the center of the serving plate.

3. Place red chili and peanuts on top of salmon.

4. Using chopsticks, gently toss all ingredients in an upward motion in an effort to bring on “auspicious” new beginnings for the coming new year. Serve plum sauce on the side or toss together if desired.

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