Yusheng – A guide to auspicious phrases to use

Today is the 7th day of the lunar new year (初七), also known as 人日, or day of the human. This day is considered the birthday of all mankind. On this day, we eat yusheng. Of course, as with all the dishes eaten during the chinese new year, there is an auspicious meaning to each of the ingredients.

Usually when we eat it at restaurants, the waitress would utter auspicious phrases as she adds in each ingredient. If you are having it at home, here’s a quick 12-step guide to the phrases to be used:



Step 1:
When all your loved ones are gathered, say:
恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái)

Step 2:
Fish symbolizes abundance throughout the year:
年年有余 (nián nián yǒu yú)

Step 3:
Pomelo or lime symbolizes luck:
大吉大利 (dà jí dà lì)

Step 4:
Shredded carrots symbolize good luck blessings:
鸿运当头 (hóng yùn dāng tóu)

Step 5:
Shredded green radish symbolizes eternal youth:
青春常驻 (chīng chūn cháng zhù)

Step 6:
Shredded white radish symbolizes prosperity in business and promotion at work:
风生水起,步步高升 (fēng shēng shuĭ qĭ, bù bù gāo shēng)

Step 7:
Pepper and cinnamon powder symbolizes the hope of attracting more money and valuables:
招财进宝 (zhāo cái jìn băo)

Step 8:
Chopped peanuts and sesame seeds symbolize a household filled with gold and silver, and good business:
金银满屋,生意兴隆 (jīn yín măn wū, shēng yì xīng lóng)

Step 9:
Deep fried flour crisps symbolize a wealthy life ahead:
遍地黄金 (biàn dì huáng jīn)

Step 10:
Oil symbolizes an increase in profits and flow of great wealth:
一本万利,财源广进 (yī bĕn wàn lì, cái yuán guăng jìn)

Step 11:
Plum sauce or kumquat paste symbolizes a sweet and pleasant relationship:
甜甜密密 (tián tián mì mì)

Step 12:
Toss the yusheng 7 times with loud shouts of “Lo Hei”(捞起) and other auspicious new year wishes.

Huat ah!

p/s: For those who want to try making your own yusheng, here’s a good recipe to try (not mine!). It makes for a good appetizer 😉


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