Lo Hei Dinner @ Tonny Restaurant

My first Lo Hei 撈起 dinner this year was held in Tonny Restaurant which I attended with Tony Johor Kaki, on 15th January 2014.

This is a platter of Yusheng 鱼生.<br />It is originally a Teochew-style raw fish salad.<br />"Yu 鱼 (fish)" is commonly associated with its homophone "abundance (余)" while "Sheng 生 (raw)" sounds like "rise (升)".<br />Hence, Yusheng is interpreted as a homophone for "余升" meaning an increase in abundance.

This is a platter of Yusheng 鱼生.
It is originally a Teochew-style raw fish salad.
“Yu 鱼 (fish)” is commonly associated with its homophone “abundance (余)” while “Sheng 生 (raw)” sounds like “rise (升)”.
Hence, Yusheng is interpreted as a homophone for “余升” meaning an increase in abundance.

Salmon fish for the Lo Hei 撈起.

Salmon fish for the Lo Hei 撈起.

The server chanted good tidings as he put on the condiments. Auspicious Chinese sayings were recited every step of all the way.

The server chanted good tidings as he put on the condiments.
Auspicious Chinese sayings were recited every step of all the way.

Pouring honeyed sauce to top of the new year with sweet happiness.

Pouring honeyed sauce to top of the new year with sweet happiness.

Lo Hei 撈起 is a term for eating Yusheng. Everyone partook in the tossing for a good year.

Lo Hei 撈起 is a term for eating Yusheng.
Everyone partook in the tossing for a good year.

It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner’s growth in fortunes, so the higher the better!

It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner’s growth in fortunes, so the higher the better!

We all tossed enthusiastically to “get” as much fortune as we could.  Our tables were a bit messy after the toss but nobody minded.

We all tossed enthusiastically to “get” as much fortune as we could.
Our tables were a bit messy after the toss but nobody minded.

Our 9-course dinner commenced after the tossing. Dishes prepared by Chef Tonny were as follow:

1) Prosperity Lo Hei Yu Sheng.
2) Duo Starter delight – Pork Aspic and Chicken in crispy Doufu Skin.
3) Shovel Head Ray in superior stock.
4) Sauteed fresh Shrimps in crispy Noodle Basket.
5) Roast Goose.
6) Boar meat in claypot.
7) Pipa Tofu in chicken sauce.
8 ) Stewed Vermicelli with Pig Trotter.
9) Pan fried Pumpkin Cake.

Please click on photos in galleries (below) for some commentary.

Pork Aspic. Different parts of the pig were used. The thickened meat broth was tasty and the wobbly jellied texture did not employ the use of gelatin (I could be wrong).

Pork Aspic.
Different parts of the pig were used. The thickened meat broth was tasty and the wobbly jellied texture did not employ the use of gelatin (I could be wrong).

Sauteed fresh Shrimps in crispy Noodle Basket.

Sauteed fresh Shrimps in crispy Noodle Basket.

Roast Goose.

Roast Goose.

Boar meat in claypot. The meat was very lean yet Tonny's preparation and stewing process had rendered them very tender.

Boar meat in claypot.
The meat was very lean yet Tonny’s preparation and stewing process had rendered them very tender.

Pipa Tofu in chicken sauce.

Pipa Tofu in chicken sauce.

My luck for this year is enhanced after tossing up good fortune :) Have you had yours?

My luck for this year is enhanced after tossing up good fortune 🙂
Have you had yours?

Tonny Restaurant
Address: 10 Lorong 3 Geylang.
Singapore 388862.

Tel: (+65) 6748 6618.

Operating Hours: Daily
Lunch: 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm–10.30pm

There were about 140 guests that night and all seemed to have enjoy themselves (at least on my table). Tony and I were placed with a group of 8 strangers, Mr. Yip Wai and his friends, whom we quickly warmed up to. Food, amongst other things, is a tool that can be used to break the ice and forge new friendships.

Click here to see other dishes I had from previous visit to Tonny Restaurant.

Click here to see Lo Hei @ Kok Sen post from 2013.

Happy tossing 🙂

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Comments
4 Responses to “Lo Hei Dinner @ Tonny Restaurant”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    How very very FUN! I think I should do this with my family. Thank you for the idea and for the interesting post!

    • Sam Han says:

      This would definitely be fun, Laura! Have a joyful time tossing and up your luck! Any shredded vegetables and some fish would do should you not find the necessary ingredients. Make your own dressing, too 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    What a feast! Looks like you had a good time there.

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