Eve of Renri At Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck!

25th Feb 2015 or the 7th day in the Lunar Calendar – Today is 人日 Renri and therefore in accordance to the Chinese legend, it is everybody’s birthday! It is also the official day to 捞起 (Lo Hei) but nowadays, we have started Lo Hei-ing even before the first day of CNY.

Last night, I had another Lo Hei session with Adrian, Yap and Paulina! May and Ross were supposed to come but they couldn’t make it.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

Raw Fish Salad 捞起魚生.
I think it’s $43 or $43.80 for this portion with Ikan Parang.

While 魚生 yu sheng can be eaten any time throughout the year, 捞起魚生 Lo Hei Yu Sang can only be eaten during the CNY period and thus you will see a lot of this dish in every Chinese food blogger’s post, every Chinese family’s table and every Chinese businessman’s banquet. You may think they taste similar because the fundamental ingredients are the same. Originally, sliced raw fish (魚生) is used but these days, again because of commercial value, pricier items like sashimi grade salmon, fugu, abalone, etc… etc… are introduced (which will decide the price of the Lo Hei) but for me, the catch is in the sauce really!

In this short span of 6 days, I have eaten 4 Lo Hei which is not much by Singapore’s standard. Some eat twice a day, so they would have had 12! Why eat so much?

捞起魚生 (Lo Hei Yee Sang in Cantonese, and Lao Qi Yu Sheng in Mandarin) where
捞 = Lo/Lao = toss
起 = Hei/Qi = up
魚 = Yee/Yu (魚 = fish sounds like 馀 = surplus, in Cantonese and Mandarin) = abundance
生/升 = Sang/Sheng = thriving/rise

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The phrase 捞起魚生 means to toss up one’s good fortune and that one may live a rich and bountiful life!

In short, 捞起/捞生 (Lo hei/Lo Sang, both are abbreviation for 捞起魚生) is a most auspicious dish that can only be enjoyed during CNY which many believed the good luck will carry them through the whole year. The higher one toss, the greater height one will achieve so this can be a very messy affair where bits and pieces of the dish could erupt onto anyone at the table.

Many are surprised that Lo Hei is not a tradition in China. In fact, 捞起 was hatched in Singapore! It is a celebrity dish around the world during CNY among the Chinese community and has umpteen non-Chinese keen in partaking this meal with their Chinese friends during this time of the year, too! Due to its popularity, Lo Hei-ing at fancy restaurants can be expensive. However, supermarkets are stocked with packaged ready-to-eat base ingredients providing cheaper alternatives. You just have to buy some raw fish or the variants you desire and toss up your fortune at home.

This Lo Hei is very special to me because it is a toss for Adrian’s good health. Two days before Valentine’s Day, Adrian suffered heart attack.

During dinner, Adrian described his symptoms leading to his hospitalisation – 3 stents were inserted into his 2 blocked arteries via his right wrist area through a small incision, called the access site.

Angiolasty is a procedure where the surgeon inflates small balloons inside Adrian’s 90% blocked arteries. The balloons help to widen his blood vessels for stenting. Stents are tiny metal mesh tubes that support one’s artery walls to keep the blood vessels wide open.

Adrian’s vascular surgeon performed the angioplasty by inserting a long, thin tube called a catheter through the access site. The tip of the catheter carried the angioplasty balloon or stent. His surgeon then ushered the catheter through his blood vessels to the blocked area, using X-ray as guidance.

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“No one has the right to judge you, because no one really knows what you have been through. They might have heard the stories, but they didn’t feel what you felt in your heart.” – Anonymous

Now that Adrian is “brand new”, we’re celebrating life. More health and fitness issues were discussed during dinner but I shan’t bore you with that. Now let’s go Peking!

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

Sorry but the empty plate actually consisted of 4 pieces of crispy duck skin which we ate before I took pictures (how can I forget???)
Those skin were to be eaten with the sugar dip.
On left of photo is the breast meat. They can be eaten on its own without the pancake wrappers, if you desire.
On the right were the cuts from other parts of the duck. They are fattier and is recommended to eat with the brown sweet sauce, cucumbers, scallions wrapped with the pancake sheets.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

The Peking Duck from Imperial Treasure is definitely one of the better ones if not the best but surely we didn’t just have Yusheng and Peking Duck right?
Of course not!
We had 2 starters before Lo Hei.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

They literally translate this dish of 白飯魚 into Crispy Rice Fish ($10) on the receipt. Lol…
Lancelet (Lencelet) a.k.a amphioxi and locally known as White Rice Fish, Silver Fish or Silver Baits.
Cooked with pepper and salt, it is a popular starters in Chinese Restaurants serving Cantonese cuisine.

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Siew Yoke or Roasted Pork Belly ($10) is another popular starters.
The best dip for this is actually mustard and not sweet chilli sauce.

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Leftover duck meat from the Peking Duck fried with Ee Fu Noodles for an additional $10.

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年年高升
Steamed Nian Gao with ground peanuts not unlike the “lai sa tong yuen”.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

Aloe Vera Jelly.

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Papaya, Watermelon and Rock Melon.

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The restaurant was empty by then and we must go before they chase us out.

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The deal was to bring a bottle each.
We left after dinner, each our own way.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

While I was still in cab, text messages of “I’m bursting with happiness and moscato”, “thanks for the lovely evening and great to see you all”, “love all”, “love all, too”, and all the loving emoticans sent to each other. I said, “we are so mushy”…
Must be the alcohol talking. Hahaha…
Friendship! It doesn’t matter how distant and how long we have been apart.

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

祝您全家幸福美满!万事如意!

Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant
Address: Paragon, #05-42/45,
290 Orchard Road,
Singapore 238859.

Tel: (65) 6732 7838.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
Lunch: 11.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Saturday
Lunch: 11.00am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Sunday
Lunch: 10.30am to 2.45pm
Dinner: 6.00pm to 10.00pm

Happy eating and bonding 😀

Oh and Happy birthday everyone!

Read on Renri and Nian Gao (recipe) here:
Human Day – 人日快乐!
Nian Gao – 年年高升

Post on Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant:
Smoking Fowl of Beijing 北京烤鸭 @ Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

*Take note that the Peking Duck has gone up by $10 from $68 to $78 per bird since my previous visit.

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2 Responses to “Eve of Renri At Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck!”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    So you don’t eat much according to Singapore standards? I’m going to faint. 🙂

    Glad your friend has recovered from the heart attack.

    • Sam Han says:

      Hehehe… Eating is a national sport for Singaporeans remember? 😉

      We were all shocked for Adrian is the baby (age and size, hehehe) of our group.

      Really glad he recovered and we got to meet after a spell.

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