The taste: We got our chopsticks deep into some Singaporean Yusheng earlier today, and the contents of it are complex. There's like 25+ of them, including raw salmon and abalone, daikon, carrots, pickled ginger, peanuts and shrimp crackers. Although it looks stringy like thin noodles, there are no noodles present. What you're eating, and what makes it unexpectedly crunchy, are carrots and daikon and pepper and all sorts of the other many ingredients.
It's not spicy unless you add something spicy to it, and overall it just tastes like a fresh mixed green salad that's brought a few fishy friends over. Speaking of which, other sashimi besides salmon and abalone may be added.
The price: Varies depending on where you're purchasing it and how many the platter will serve. A typical Yusheng for four people costs around 20 Singapore Dollars ($16 USD).
Where to find it: While it's not a grocery item on its own, Yusheng can be bought mostly pre-made from the grocery store and street stalls around this time of the year. We watched as a whole capsule of the giant Singapore Flyer wheel was transformed into a temporary dining space for the Yusheng tradition.
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Disclosure: Airfare to Singapore and some accommodations were as a guest of Singapore Airlines, though all photos and opinions are completely our own.