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Start the Year of the Dog with the auspicious Prosperity Toss – Malaysian and Singaporean style – at Café Malacca.
This traditional Chinese New Year dish is believed to have originated in South China and became popular in Malaysia and Singapore only since the 1960s. It is usually eaten during the first 15 days of the Lunar New Year.
Each of the 20 or more ingredients signifies an auspicious meaning. For instance, raw fish conveys the meaning of abundance and long life; golden crisps signify wealth, and pomelo and lime are interpreted as good luck and profit, to name a few.
When Lo Hei is served, all participants gather around the table; the toppings are added one by one, and then topped with raw fish. New Year wishes are recited in a poetic chant in chorus, as the salad is tossed into the air with chopsticks. It is believed that the higher the toss, the greater the fortune one will receive.
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