Tan Kee Yun
The New Paper
25 February 2015
For local comedienne Patricia Mok, lo hei, the messy, raucous tossing of yusheng, is a must-have every Chinese New Year.
When M caught up with the gregarious 43-year-old over lunch on Monday at steamboat restaurant COCA’s newest outlet at Kallang Leisure Park, she said that this would be her 10th lo hei this festive season.
“When I meet up with my friends, or when we have dinner at home, we try to have lo hei as much as possible,” said the Fly Entertainment artiste.
“It’s for good luck and good fortune, plus we don’t eat it any other time of the year, only during Chinese New Year.
“I certainly don’t mind having lo hei every day for 15 days straight! This year, I started my lo hei feasting one week before Chinese New Year.”
Local audiences can catch Mok in the new Chapman To and Mark Lee movie King Of Mahjong, which is showing in cinemas here.
In the ensemble comedy, she plays an incorrigible, luckless mahjong fanatic.
“One of the main reasons I did this movie was the opportunity to act opposite (Hong Kong funnyman) Chapman To,” she said. “He’s a great actor and one of my favourite Hong Kong comedians.”
We’re having lo hei, roast pork and pork cheeks, and the seafood steamboat set with collagen chicken soup.
What did you have for your reunion dinner this year?
It’s a family tradition to have a steamboat reunion dinner. We usually eat at home, I don’t like eating out. Duties are automatically ‘delegated’ to everyone.
My sister is in charge of the Korean barbecue, so she will buy the marinated meat, my parents will buy the prawns, fish and vegetables, and I will handle the other preparations.
Take a look at what else Patricia Mok has to say about celebrating Chinese New Year and her thoughts about local food in the gallery below.