Known as Poon Choi in Cantonese or frequently referred to as a treasure pot, pen cai has gained popularity among Singaporeans . Eaten layer after layer from top to bottom as a symbol of family reunion and auspiciousness, it’s now a must-have auspicious dish at any Chinese New Year reunion dinner.
Restaurant chefs are packing the luxurious all-in-one pot to the brim with top-grade seafood and meat. Making to the pot this year are bird’s nest, shark’s fin, premium fish maw, fresh scallops, abalones and even unagi. Here are five treasure pots to welcome good fortune and luck this Chinese New Year.
‘Everlasting happiness, longevity & abundance prosperity’ lobster, Australian four-head abalone & unagi golden treasure pot
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918 | Tel: 6276 9138
Price: $498.88 (6 persons)
Boasting the freshest hauls from the waters, the ‘Everlasting happiness, longevity & abundance prosperity’ lobster, Australian four-head abalone and unagi golden treasure pot from Peony Jade comprises exquisite choice ingredients like whole four-head Australian abalones, pan-seared unagi, whole sakura chicken, Cantonese roast duck, baby lobster (10 pieces), fatt choy, Premium fa-gao, premium shiitake mushroom, pork knuckle, and broccoli, stewed in premium stock for 6 hours. All ingredients are prosperously presented in a golden wooden pot.
Vegetarian Treasure Pot
Peach Blossoms, Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594; Tel: 6845 1118
Price: $178+ (4 to 6 persons), $288+ (10 persons)
For a healthier take, Peach Blossoms’ Vegetarian Treasure Pot is a good option. The luxurious pot is filled with a sumptuous variety of ingredients including vegetarian abalone, bamboo pith, elm fungus, bean curd skin, red dates, vegetarian chicken, flower mushroom, baby corn, honshimeiji mushroom, black moss, chestnut, snow fungus, radish, lotus seed and button mushroom.
Teochew City’s Abundance or Superior Fortune Pot
Teochew City Seafood Restaurant, 176 Orchard Road #05-16 The Centrepoint Singapore 238843; Tel: 6733 3338
Price: $238++ for five persons, $468++ for 10 persons (Abundance Fortune Pot) or $888++ for 10 persons (Teochew City Superior Fortune Pot)
Feast on the customary “Pen-Cai” – Teochew-style this Lunar New Year. Using only the finest ingredients to bring out a bountiful splurge of flavours, you can indulge in either the Abundance Fortune Pot or the more premium version, the Teochew City Superior Fortune Pot. The brimming pot of ‘treasures’ contains more than 18 quality ingredients such as the superior baby shark’s fin, five heads abalone, premium fish maw, dried oysters and preserved sausages, all simmered perfectly to highlight its natural robust flavours.
New Year Treasure Pot
Feng Shui Inn (Crockfords Tower™, Level G2), Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; Tel: 6577 8888
Price: $128.00 per person (Min 4 persons)
This Chinese New Year, the chefs at Feng Shui Inn have created new and unique dishes to celebrate the occasion. Enjoy a sumptuous reunion meal with their New Year Treasure Pot generously filled with Supreme Imperial Bird’s Nest (AA Grade), Abalone, Alaska Crab Claw, sea cucumber and many other extravagant ingredients.
Fortune Pot in Peking Style
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant, 201 Keppel Road, Singapore 099419; Tel: 6272 8822/8988
Price: $368++ (6 persons); $498 ++ (10 persons) or $728++ (10 persons)
Usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year with Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant’s Fortune Pot in Peking Style, which boast a mouth-watering pot of fine ingredients, such as Superior shark’s fin, five heads abalone, premium fish maw, fresh prawns, Pig’s tendon, roast Pork and many others, braised meticulously to bring out its harmonious flavours.
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