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Invitation to Pan Pacific Hotel Lo Hei Lunch

February 18, 2008 · Posted in Anything 

God of WealthLast Thursday, I was invited to a high-class Lo-Hei lunch at Pan Pacific Hotel. That meal was incredible. Coupled with a few interesting performance of dragon and lion dances, the lunch kicked off with the traditional Lo Hei (or ??).

Traditional ingredient includes fresh salmon, daikon (white radish), carrot, red pepper (capsicum), ginger, daun limau nipis (leaves from lime tree), Chinese parsley, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, Chinese shrimp crackers (or fried dried shrimp), five spice powder; with the dressing primarily made from plum sauce.

This particular dish is served as an appetiser to raise ‘good luck‘ for the new year and is usually eaten on Renri (??), the seventh day of the Chinese New Year.

Colleagues and friends gather around the table and, on cue, proceeded to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying some auspicious words (???) to mark the start of a prosperous new year. It is belief that the louder you shout, the more prosperous the new year will be.

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