The Lunar New Year in Singapore is incomplete without the celebration of family and friendship over the Yusheng dish. But it is the act of tossing the dish, or ‘lo hei’, that has become customary to usher in abundance, prosperity, good fortunes and good health for the New Year.
Tapping on the notion of luck and superstition, which is also a prevalent theme during this festive season, the ‘Roll Hei’ is an attempt to provide the iconic yusheng dish and the act of ‘lo hei’ a whole new layer of meaning and fun.
The convex bottom of the ‘Roll Hei’ plate causes the plate to rock when the ingredients are tossed by all diners at the table. The rocking action causes the steel-ball inside the base to roll randomly. Circular indents in the base are marked with auspicious New Year greetings, and depending on the indent in which the ball lands at the end of the ‘lo hei’, it signifies the blessing offered to all the diners at the table.
A game of ‘Rolette’ can also be played, where diners can bet on where the ball will end up at the end of the Yusheng tossing process.
Yusheng meaning “raw fish” is a Chinese New Year dish, served traditionally on the seventh day of Chinese New Year or Ren Ri (“Everyman’s Birthday”).