Chinese New Year “Loh Hei” or Prosperity Toss
Did you know that “Loh Hei” is a Singapore Dish?
“Loh Hei” 捞起 in Cantonese means Prosperity Toss.
It is a Teochew-style raw fish salad, consisting of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients.
Another name for “Loh Hei” is Yúshēng (鱼生) which literally means “raw fish” but is interpreted as Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance.
Hence, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
While versions of it is thought to have existed in China, the contemporary version is created and popularised in Singapore in the 1960s amongst the ethnic Chinese community and its consumption has been associated with Chinese New Year festivities in Singapore as well as in neighbouring Malaysia. In Singapore, government, community and business leaders often take the lead in serving the dish as part of official functions during the festive period or in private celebrity dinners. Some have even suggested that it be named a national dish.
Have a prosperous 2011!
The video was shot at the BNI Rendezvous Singapore after the meeting.