Yu Sheng (raw fish and vegetable platter) is a unique and local tradition practiced by Singaporeans. What’s interesting to note is that the Chinese have also begun inviting their friends and colleagues from other walks of life to partake of this food tradition.

Lo Hei is the act of tossing the Yu Sheng to bring in good luck and wealth. But it’s more than just shouting “Huat Ah!”.

So if you are interested to organize your own Lo Hei at home for the reunion dinner, here are 17 Mandarin Chinese phrases to say when you add the ingredients into your Yu Sheng and while tossing it.

We recommend to do it in the sequence below. Good luck and Gong Xi Fa Cai!


1. "Nian Nian You Yu"

Meaning: Prosperity every year!

Say This: When you add in the raw fish slices.


2. "Da Ji Da Li"

Meaning: Good luck and prosperity!

Say This: When you add the dried orange peels.


3. "Zhao Cai Jin Bao"

Meaning: Incoming wealth!

Say This: When you add the pepper and seasoning powders.


4. "Yi Ben Wan Li"

Meaning: May you make a thousand-fold profit from your investment!

Say This: When you pour the oil.


5. "Cai Yuan Guang Jin"

Meaning: May money pour in from all directions!

Say This: While drizzling the oil over.


6. "Hong Yun Dang Tou"

Meaning: May opportunity strike you!

Say This: When you throw in the carrots.


7. "Bu Bu Gao Sheng"

Meaning: May you rise higher with each step!

Say This: While you toss in the shredded white radish.


8. "Feng Sheng Shui Qi"

Meaning: May you have success and promotion at work!

Say This: While you toss in the shredded cabbage.


9. "Qing Chun Chang Zhu"

Meaning: Stay young forever!

Say This: While you toss in the shredded green radish.


10. "Jing Ying Man Wu"

Meaning: May your house be full of gold and silver!

Say This: When you sprinkle chopped peanuts.


11. "Sheng Yi Xing Long"

Meaning: Prosperity for your business!

Say This: When sprinkling the sesame seeds over.


12. "Man Di Huang Jing"

Meaning: May your floor be splashed full of gold!

Say This: While sprinkling the crackers (golden pillows).


13. "Tian Tian Mi Mi"

Meaning: May your life be sweet!

Say This: While pouring in the plum sauce.


14. "Wan Shi Ru Yi"

Meaning: May everything be good and smooth!

Say This: As you start to toss the Yu Sheng.



15. "Shen Ti Jian Kang"

Meaning: May your body stay strong and healthy!

Say This: As you toss the Yu Sheng.


16. "Gong Xi Fa Cai"

Meaning: Wishing everyone great wealth!

Say This: As you toss the Yu Sheng.


17. "Huat Ah!"

Meaning: Get rich and get lucky!

Say This: Towards the end of the Yu Sheng tossing (repeat and shout this out the loudest!).



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Article by Sean Tan, originally appeared in The Singapore Women's Weekly

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