Lo Hei Phrases and How to Do it Like a Pro

February 11, 2021
Lo Hei Phrases and How to Do it Like a Pro

Traditions such as receiving red envelopes and exchanging oranges culminate during the Chinese New Year. The widely recognised Yu Sheng toss, also known as prosperity toss, remains at the helm of all festivities. It is a vibrant centrepiece dish consisting of many elements, each having a unique flavour and significance. Also, it is the first order of business at family gatherings. Learn Lo Hei phrases to do it like a pro.

Phrases to Say and How to do Lo Hei

Lo Hei, a tradition of tossing food in the air, is one of the most fun things you would get to do during the Chinese New Year. It is a ritual adopted in Singapore, and it is all about tossing Yu Sheng in the air and telling auspicious phrases before eating it. The higher the toss, the better the prospects and fortune for the coming year - it is what the Chinese people believe.

Eating Yu Sheng during the Lunar New Year has become a must-do activity for Chinese families. Yu Sheng is a salad prepared using raw fish, shredded veggies, sauces and other condiments with other ingredients. According to Chinese beliefs, it is regarded as a symbol of vigour, abundance, and prosperity for the Lunar New Year. The colourful version of Yu Sheng and the practice of eating it is unique to Malaysia and Singapore. The dish was created by "The Four Heavenly Culinary Kings of Singapore," and it was introduced in the country during the Chinese New Year of 1964.

This article discusses the typical ingredients that go into the making of Yu Sheng and the phrases to share at the table. Read on and get a step closer to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Step 1 - Offer Chinese New Year Greetings to Everyone at the Table

Gather around the dining table and begin the Lo Hei by telling:

恭喜发财 Gong Xi Fa Cai

Meaning: Congratulations on your wealth

万事如意 Wan Shi Ru Yi

Meaning: May all your wishes be fulfilled

Step 2 - Add Raw Fish like Salmon Onto Shredded Radish and Carrot

年年有余 Nian Nian You Yu

Meaning: Abundance and Surplus every year

Step 3 - Add Some Pomelo or Squeeze Some Lime Over the Raw Fish

大吉大利 Da Ji Da Li

Meaning: May you have good luck and prosperity

Step 4 - Add Some Spices like Cinnamon and Pepper Over the Ingredients

招财进宝 Zhao Cai Jin Bao

Meaning: Attract wealth and treasures

Step 5 - Pour Some Plum Juice or Oil Over the Ingredients

一本万利 Yi Ben Wan Li

Meaning: May your investment return 10,000 times profit

财源广进 Cai Yuan Guang Jing

Meaning: Abundance of wealth and fortune

甜甜蜜蜜 Tian Tian Mi Mi

Meaning: May sweetness enters your life

Step 6 - Add Some Shredded Carrots

鸿运当头 Hong Yun Dang Tou

Meaning: Good luck is approaching

Step 7 - Add Some Shredded Green Radish

青春常在 Qing Chun Chang Zhai

Meaning: Forever young

Step 8 - Add Some Shredded White Radish

步步高升 Bu Bu Gao Sheng

Meaning: prosperity in business and promotion at work

风生水起 Feng Sheng Shui Qi

Meaning: progress at a fast pace and reach greater heights

Step 9 - Scatter Chopped or Crushed Peanuts

金银满屋 Jin Yin Man Wu

Meaning: Gold and silver filled in a household

Step 10 - Sprinkle Some Sesame Seeds

生意兴隆 Sheng Yi Xing Long

Meaning: Business flourish and prosper

Step 11 - Add Deep Fried Flour Crisps

遍地黄金 Bian Di Huang Jin

Meaning: The whole floor would be filled with gold

Step 12 - Toss the Yu Sheng and Shout “Lo Hei!”

Toss the Yu Sheng as high as you can for seven times and shout “Lo Hei” or “Huat Ah!” with other New Year Wishes.

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