Yu Sheng Ingredients List for Lo Hei

We may never know where the origins of Lo Hei and the Yu Sheng dish. But we all can agree that it has become an essential activity for Chinese New Year in South East Asia.

The activity of Lo Hei is a joyous occasion to be celebrated by friends and family. But, we know that not everyone knows or remembers the symbolism of the ingredients or the meaning of the phrases. Here, we’ve compiled it into an easy list to refer to the next time you have a Lo Hei.


Fish - For abundance throughout the year

年年有余 (Nian Nian You Yu) meaning, “Every year got more”.

The Mandarin word for fish sounds like ‘abundance’.


Pomelo - For more luck

大吉大利 (Da Ji Da Li) meaning, “Great luck and great prosperity”


Spices - For attracting wealth

招财进宝 (Zhao Cai Jin Bao) meaning, “Attract wealth and treasures”.

Oil - For money to flow in from all directions

一本万利 (Yi Ben Wan Li) meaning “Make 10,000 times of profit with your capital”.

财源广进 (Cai Yuan Guang Jin) meaning, “countless sources of wealth”.

The oil is poured in a circular motion.


Carrots - For good luck

鸿运当头 (Hong Yun Dang Tou) meaning “Good luck is approaching.


Radish - For growing business & eternal youth

步步高升 (Bu Bu Gao Sheng) meaning “Reach higher with each step”.

风生水起 (Feng Sheng Shui Qi) meaning “Progress at a fast pace”.


Peanuts - For the household to be filled with valuable possessions

金银满屋 (Jin Yin Man Wu) meaning, “Household filled with gold and silver”.


Sesame Seeds - For good business

生意兴隆 (Sheng Yi Xing Long) meaning “Prosperity for the business”.


Golden Crackers - For great wealth

满地黄金 (Man Di Huang Jin) meaning “May the whole floor be filled with gold”.


Plum Sauce - For stronger ties with family and friends

甜甜蜜蜜 (Tian Tian Mi Mi) meaning “Sweet and loving relationships”.