Day 13 "’Get Your Jelly On’– Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

Jellyfish and chicken jelly salad

Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

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We have reached day thirteen of this Jellyriffic competition.

The number 13, despite its unlucky omen in western culture is a number that is favourable in chinese culture. In Cantonese dialect, the pronunciation of these two number together is similar to the meaning of “being alive”, “living for the moment” or “to be born”.

Hence, it is an extremely good omen in chinese culture and the number 3 is favoured by the chinese people to signify “life”, “birth” and “good living”. It is the chinese equivalent of the Latin term “carpe diem” which means “seize the day”.

Our chinese heritage means that to eat well is to live well and living well is the cornerstone to a healthy and happy life. This is one of the important tenets of our blog’s philosophy since we started blogging six months ago. It is our aim capture meaningful moments where good food sustains our health and happiness so that we can share and blog about these moments with all our readers, families and friends.

Therefore, we are proud to introduce yet another major “Cuisine of the world” with a rich history etched over thousands of years.

Day 13: Entree –  Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

This is a traditional chinese dish that is generally served chilled. Therefore, we believe serving this dish in a tender and chilled jelly form is not too far-fetched. More importantly, we wanted to create a modern version of a traditional and famous chinese dish where the exciting presentation appeals just as much as its taste and flavour.

Over the years in Sydney, we have prepared this beautiful dish for “lo sang” or the chinese ritual of tossing raw fish salad to bring forth prosperity and good fortune during chinese new year celebrations. Our version during the festive new year season is to bulk up the carrot and celery content of this dish so that all our family and friends can then toss and mix this beautiful salad before tucking in.

I find this to be one of the most beautiful cold jelly salads and defintely a favourite of mine for a nice summer day lunch. The crunchy jellyfish strands, carrot and celery shards are so refreshing against the chilled soft chicken slivers.

We loved this jellified version because the savoury and chilled chicken stock is so flavoursome with the nutty aromas of the sesame oil and it literally melts in the mouth!

Indeed, I think this jelly looks like a very unique species of jellyfish which you cannot find in the ocean. It only exist in my imagination and my kitchen.

Jellyfish and chicken jelly salad

Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

Better still this is a simple recipe that involves little cooking. The only cooking required is to steam the chicken breast meat with a pinch of salt and white pepper.

Steam chicken breast pieces and retain juices

Steam chicken breast pieces and retain juices

We can conveniently buy ready-made packets of jelly fish which come in a few flavours from Asian grocers here in Sydney. I prefer the Feng Zheng brand as I find its quality to be better – the jellyfish strands are preserved in a briny liquid that keeps it fresh and crunchy.

Feng Zheng brand instant natural jellyfish

Feng Zheng brand instant natural jellyfish

The flavour that I recommend is “sesame chilli” flavour because it complements this particular recipe and it comes with a small packet of sesame oil and seasoning inside the packet.

This dish always reminds me of a beautiful summer day in Sydney with the vibrant colours of the vegetables. Try it with a chilled sauvignon blanc or cold beer and every cool and crunchy mouthful will complement the sesame flavours beautifully.

Taste of a summer - chilled jellyfish and chicken jelly salad

Taste of a summer - chilled jellyfish and chicken and shards of carrots, celery and chilli

Presented elegantly, we believe this is a tasty entree to precede the main course and dessert for the chinese 3-course meal in our “Cuisines of the world” journey. So stay tuned and be sure to check out our recipes each day for this month of October.

Chilled jellyfish and chicken jelly salad

Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

We hope you will try to prepare this beautiful and simple salad at home. It is easy, tasty and great for entertaining friends and family too.

Jellyfish and chicken jelly salad

Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

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21 Responses to Day 13 "’Get Your Jelly On’– Jellyfish jelly with carrot and celery salad

  1. I’ve never tried jelly fish, but what a perfect match for your jelly challenge! Great sounding flavours too, yumm…

  2. this is one of my fav shanghainese cold dishes!

  3. Ashley says:

    I’ve never had jellyfish before but this looks so cool! Great presentation.

  4. I’m so impressed by the amount of jelly recipes that you’ve thought of! :o

  5. Sissi says:

    Today’s cone is very elegant and unusual in both ingredients and look. I have never had jelly fish in my life, but I must check if it exists in Asian groecery shops here (there are hundreds of products I haven’t tried yet!).

  6. Love this creation, using jelly fish. So pretty!

  7. heidi says:

    This looks so festive and light!
    I like the suggestion to use prawns if you can’t find jelly fish.
    Although it does look rather like an exotic jellyfish!
    This is a salad I will make- I love the taste of sesame w/ chicken and seafood.
    Thanks!

  8. This is very cool in so many ways… you truly have great ideas. A work of art and one that I would enjoy eating!

  9. My parents love jellyfish, but till now I still haven’t got the guts to try it…;). This looks beautiful though :) !

  10. Joanne says:

    Well the photos look GORGEOUS and SCRUMPTIOUS but… jellyfish? I need to be sold on that one. Not saying I wouldn’t try it when it looks as good as you made it but a bit of arm twisting might be in order. :)

  11. Juliana says:

    Oh! I never seen instant jelly fish…need to look for it, since I love jelly fish. Love your presentation…great pictures as always.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks for this yummie recipe :-)

  12. At first I was shocked at the title, jellyfish? Then I saw the instant jellyfish packet and now I’m intrigued. I can taste all the other ingredients in the dish but without ever having jellyfish I’m afraid my imagination is failing me. I get a bit worried looking in asian grocers that I won’t know how to use the product! I’ll walk in next time and confidently grab some instant jellyfish now :)

  13. Ann says:

    Wow! I’m allergic to seafood, so I can’t indulge in this one, but your presentation is stunning (as always)!

  14. This is fun. It reminds me of a May Pole with the ribbons of veggies hanging down.

  15. Elies_Lie says:

    the jelly fish salad looks liek jelly-fish swiming in an ocean when u take a shot of it from above! great job with the challange!
    Never try before but this looks delicious ;)

  16. Hye Dear..Im truly amazed with all your creation using the mould..Keep up the god work!!Well done

  17. Never eaten jellyfish before but the flavours sound great with the chicken and sesame. I didnt know you could get jellyfish in a packet like that – how fab!

  18. Carolyn Jung says:

    I know that jellyfish may not be to everyone’s palate. But I love the stuff. So crunchy. And this is the most amazing rendition of it I’ve ever seen. ;)

  19. This is new to me. But I like how colorful it is.

  20. One word – GORGEOUS! I love jelly fish and this dish is amazing. What a great appetizer dish….taste refreshing and looks so refreshing too!

  21. Sharn says:

    Looks absolutely stunning. As always!

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