After the spur of the moment Christmas lunch treat from lady boss last week at Patara, the big boss a.k.a superman treated us for new year lunch at Hua Ting Restaurant in Orchard Hotel. We are blessed to have generous employers, aren't we? Little did i expect that it was actually an early lo hei lunch (which reminds me Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
FYI: Yusheng, yee sang or yuu sahng (Chinese: 鱼生; pinyin: yúshēng; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: hî-seⁿ or hû-siⁿ), or Prosperity Toss, also known as lo hei (Cantonese for 撈起 or 捞起) is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It usually consists of strips of raw fish (most commonly salmon), mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. Yusheng literally means "raw fish" but since "fish (鱼)" is commonly conflated with its homophone "abundance (余)", Yúshēng (鱼生) is interpreted as a homophone for Yúshēng (余升) meaning an increase in abundance. Therefore, yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
Here's what lo hei looks like. Everything, including the engredients has a meaning and the waiter is explaining in Mandarin one by one while adding it into the lo hei plate. Syempre wala akong naintindihan, lol!
Tossing of the lo hei. I'm the only non-chinese in the group but i still tossed and wished for abundance and prosperity for our company and my employer's family.
My share of lo hei. It tasted sweet and sour. After eating the lo hei, we had 6 course meal that includes Deep Fried Yam Pastries with Minced Pork and Prawn , Steamed Siew Mai with Fresh Scallop, Dim Sum and Chicken Feet (sosyal na chicken feet, lol!).
The highlight of the meal was the roasted duck and pork. Very sinful. If you are my friend in facebook, you might have read my post in your timeline that stated: "
We ended the meal with an egg noddle with prawn and kai lan. Too full to have a dessert.
Often, nominated as one of the best restaurants under the Chinese Cuisine category by prestigious restaurant guides. Hua Ting Restaurant was also one of the top five Chinese restaurants in the Business Times/Citibank Gourmet Choice 2009. Group Master Chef Chan Kwok was crowned Chef of the Year and Asian Cuisine Chef of the year, at the Asian Gastronomic Awards of Excellence 2011.
Head down to Hua Ting Restaurant to enjoy Cantonese Cuisine at its finest! ~SOURCE
Thank God for the sumptuous and gratifying meal. Who says there's no such thing as free in this world?