Yu Sheng or Lo Hei is a Lunar New Year tradition that started in ancient China when fishermen used to celebrate by feasting on their catches. The name of the dish originated from the Cantonese phrase meaning 'tossing up good fortune'. This glorious platter, which usually features raw fish, marks the start of the reunion feast, welcoming a year filled with health, luck, harmony, and abundance to those around the table.
No Chinese New Year celebration is complete without the auspicious tossing of Lo Hei. Check out our list which even includes vegetarian-friendly options, a unique Unicorn Yu Sheng, and halal-certified Lo Hei.
1. Unicorn Yu Sheng - honestbee
Planning a reunion and lo hei with colleagues in the office or with family and kids at home? Take advantage of honestbee’s delivery service to avoid crowds and spend more time with loved ones without worrying about the cooking. What’s more? honestbee’s one-of-a-kind Unicorn or Piglet Yu Sheng which comes with chopsticks explaining the meanings of the lo hei process. A splash of fun for all ages!
2. Halal Yu Sheng - Swensen's
Looking for a Halal-certified Lo Hei for company luncheons? Swensen’s has got you covered with its Fortune 18 Yu Sheng. The Auspicious platter of 18 ingredients includes fresh greens and pomelo bits, preserved white and brown melon, shimeji mushrooms, crunchy golden crackers, crispy wanton skin, smoked salmon slivers and a refreshing zesty plum sauce. Add to the swensational celebrations with their new Tong Tong Qiang ice cream cake!
3. Salmon Yu Sheng - Yan, National Gallery
Cantonese restaurant Yàn encapsulates the auspiciousness of Lunar New Year in six set menus. Commence on an auspicious note with the Kaleidoscope of Prosperity (Shun De Style). An artful masterpiece, the mountain of crispy fried vermicelli is topped with gold leaves and ringed with a vibrant medley of vegetables, sesame seeds, crispy youtiao, and slices of fresh salmon or yellowtail. The signature creation is finished with an auspicious nod to the year’s zodiac sign – deep red bak kwa.
4. Thai Yu Sheng - Blue Jasmine, Park Hotel Farrer Park
Classic Chinese dishes with a Thai twist? Halal Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine presents an exclusive buffet line featuring a Thai Chin Yu Sheng made with green papaya, green mango, salmon gravlax, pomelo, six types of pickles, crispy crackers, and house-made plum and passionfruit sauce.
5. Tuna Yu Sheng - Feng Shui Inn, Resorts World Sentosa
Feng Shui Inn’s Tuna Lo Hei with fresh orange and honey dressing, a brainchild of Executive Chef Li Kwok Kwong, is a wholesome yu sheng dish that perfumes generous slices of fresh and nutritious sashimi grade tuna with refreshing burst of citrus tang and a tinge of honey sweetness that will delight your palates with every mouthful.
6. Abalone & Bak Kwa Yu Sheng - Min Jiang, Goodwood Park Hotel
Min Jiang’s Prosperity ‘Fa Cai’ Yu Sheng is art on a plate personally illustrated by Chef Chan Hwan Kee with eight pigs enjoying a stroll. You can look forward to raw salmon slices, abalone, the hotel’s homemade bak kwa accompanied by yellow pickled radish, wild arugulas, yellow frisee, red sorrels, red mustard greens, carrots, baby radishes and white radishes, pomelo, as well as sesame seeds and crispy strips of fried sweet potatoes. The homemade dressing is an interesting mix of calamansi juice, plum sauce, lemongrass and strawberry jam.
7. 4 Types of Yu Sheng - Mitzo, Grand Park Orchard
Chinese New Year at Mizo is a grand affair with four different Yu Sheng dishes to choose from including a vegetarian-friendly option! The Salmon Yu Sheng exhibits Executive Chef Nicky’s modern touch to the beloved festive dish which is topped with a unique blend of citron tea jam, homemade bean sauce and corn oil, and an ultra-fresh salmon. You can also go for the King Fish Yu Sheng, the Auspicious abalone Yu Sheng, or the lighter and vegetarian Fruits Yu Sheng with osmanthus.
8. Yabbies Yu Sheng - Park Hotel Clarke Quay
Feel the prosperity in the air as Park Hotel Clarke Quay introduces The Auspicious Abundance Yu Sheng, a bountiful feast of purple and white cabbage, green and white radish, all basked in the crowning glory of freshly-flown in yabbies and Parma ham, presented with kaffir leaves, fresh pomelo, pickled ginger, zesty lime and finished with homemade plum sauce.