Yu sheng? Lo hei? Tossing for prosperity? So much shouting? We know what it means and how to do it right. Huat ah!
A Chinese New Year feast without tossing a yu sheng? Blasphemous. It goes by many names but the yu sheng, lo hei or ‘prosperity toss’ is an important ritual during CNY, and pretty unique to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia (although we lay claim to its invention). Just remember: yu sheng usually refers to the dish itself and lo hei is toss the ingredients.
The salad is a mix of fresh fish, which symbolises abundant fortune and the colourful vegetables represents prosperity. These ingredients can vary for different yu sheng dishes but the ritual remains the same. Traditionally served at reunion dinners everywhere, mastering the art of yu sheng can be complicated… but it doesn’t always have to! Here’s how to ace it like a pro.
Everyone stand around for the Prosperity Toss. We demystify our favourite part of Chinese New Year!
Posted by Honeycombers on Friday, 9 February 2018
1. Add the raw fish
Saying: Nian Nian You Yu!
Meaning: Abundance throughout the year!
2. Drizzle oil over the dish
Saying: Cai Yuan Guang!
Meaning: Numerous sources of wealth!
3. Drizzle the plum sauce
Saying: Tian Tian Mi Mi!
Meaning: Sweet and loving relationships!
4. Add spices
Saying: Zhao Cai Jin Bao!
Meaning: Attract wealth and treasures!
5. Add golden pillow crackers
Saying: Man Di Huang Jin!
Meaning: Floor full of gold!
6. Now toss, while you all shout “Lo hei” or “Huat ah”. Remember, the higher you toss, the more luck it brings.
Like this story? Check these out:
Modern restaurants making Chinese cuisine cool again
Chinese New Year superstitions: don’t tempt fate
Don’t forget your new CNY outfit!
Binge watch these flicks over CNY