The 7th Day of Chinese New Year is what we call “Ren Ri”, which symbolises everyone’s birthday!
On this day, we will gather our friends and families round the table for Lou Hei, which the Chinese believe that it will bring us a year of Good Luck and Prosperity!
In this entry, we are going to give you some great tips on Lou Hei!
1) When to Lou Hei?
It used to be done only on the 7th day of CNY. But Lou Hei is readily available in restaurants, supermarkets and coffeeshops from 1st day onwards these days, thus, you may Lou Hei anytime during the CNY period!
2) Where can I find great places for Lou Hei?
We found a few great places in Tampines 1, here’s the list:
3) What does each ingredient means?
Carrots: 鸿运当头 (Hong Yun Dang Tou), Approach of Good luck
The person who serves the Yusheng on the table should say 恭喜发财 (Gong Xi Fa Cai), congratulations for your wealth and 万事如意 (Wan Shi Ru Yi), may all your wishes be fulfilled.
Firstly, fish (usually Salmon or Abalone) is added to wish for 年年有余 (Nian Nian You Yu), abundance through the year, as the word “fish” in Mandarin sounds like “Abundance”.
Secondly, pomelo or lime is added to the fish to add on auspicious and good luck. Citrus represents 大吉大利 (Da Ji Da Li) meaning good luck and to wish for a smooth sailing year.
Pepper is dashed all over in the hope of attracting more money and valuables. You may shout 招财进宝 (Zhao Cai Jin Bao) to attract wealth and treasures.
After which, oil is poured by circling the ingredients which encourage money to flow in from all directions. Oil symbolises 财源广进 (Cai Yuan Guang Jin) meaning numerous sources of wealth.
Peanut crumbs and Sesame seeds are dusted on the dish, symbolizing a household filled with gold and silver with the lucky phrases, 金银满屋 (Jin Yin Man Wu) and 生意兴隆 (Sheng Yi Xing Long) meaning prosperity for businesses.
Plum sauce is then drizzled generously over everything to represent 甜甜蜜蜜 (Tian Tian Mi Mi), wishing everyone’s life to be sweet.
Last but not least, deep-fried flour crisps in the shape of golden pillows is poured all over, to literally represent 满地黄金 (Man Di Huang Jin), abundance of wealth!
We hope you’ve gained some new knowledge about Lou Hei from this entry. Tampines 1 wishes you and your family abundance of wealth and good health in this prosperous Horse Year!