The treasure pot, also known as Poon Choy or “Big Bowl Feast”, is one of the auspicious dishes to have during Chinese New Year. This pot of pure pleasure is a symbolic of wealth, abundance, unity and happiness in a family when its members come together and share a meal from one big pot during the festive celebration.
Packed with layers and layers of fresh and top-grade seafood and meat, this pot of treasures would truly capture the hearts of every family member who gets to indulge in this bowl of goodness. Here are 11 treasure pots to bond with your family and welcome good fortune and luck this Chinese New Year.
Price: $368++ for 6 persons $588++ for 10 persons
Availability: 1 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: Usher in a prosperous Chinese New Year with Wan Hao Deluxe Abalone Pen Cai, which boast a mouth-watering pot of fine ingredients such as 5-headed Australian Abalone, Conpoy, Sea Cucumber, Dried Fish Maw, Dried Oyster, Mushrooms, Live Prawns, Roast Pork Belly, Yam, Roasted Duck, Fried Dace Fish Meat, Cabbage, Sea Moss, Mustard Greens, Radish and Fried Beancurd Sheet.
Price: $398++ for 5 persons or $618++ for 8 persons
Availability: 27 December 2013 to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: Man Fu Yuan’s signature Deluxe Treasure Pot is filled with 25 premium ingredients such as whole baby abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, goose web, scallops, and preserved meat sausage, and a new ingredient – Boston lobster symbolising good fortune and strength – all arranged layer by layer and enriched in a savoury broth. This pot of treasures is also available in a spicy version. Each Deluxe Treasure Pot comes in an exclusively-designed claypot, with an exquisite lattice design inspired by Man Fu Yuan’s welcoming entrance with flowers signifying a blossoming beginning to the New Year, amidst butterflies to bring good luck; and served with Yu Sheng and a bottle of Man Fu Yuan’s homemade ‘extraordinary’ XO Sauce.
Price: $238++ for 5 persons, $468++ for 10 persons or $888++ for 10 persons
Availability: 15 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: A sight to behold every Chinese New Year is the traditional communal feasting of the customary ‘Pen Cai’, yet another iconic symbol in welcoming prosperity and good fortune. Using only the finest ingredients to bring out an abundant harmony of flavours, you and your family can partake in either the Abundance Fortune Pot or the more premium version, the Teochew City Superior Fortune Pot. Get ready to unravel the brimming pot of ‘treasures’ layer by layer, to reveal a treasure trove of 18 quality ingredients such as the superior baby shark’s fin, five heads abalone, premium fish maw, dried oysters and preserved sausages, all perfectly simmered to enhance each ingredient’s natural robust flavours.
Price: $118 per guest
Availability: 22 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: This year, bond with your family and closest friends over Cherry Garden Treasure Pot – Singapore’s largest traditional ‘basin dish’, weighing more than 25 kilograms and measuring up to 45 centimetres in diameter. Overflowing with an abundance of fortune, the pot is filled to the brim with superior ingredients, such as braised eight-head abalone, lobsters, scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, dried oysters, conpoy, dace fillet, roasted duck, soy chicken, crispy pork belly, waxed sausages, mushrooms, cabbage as well as black moss to represent a year of endless wealth and prosperity. Featured alongside Cherry Garden’s Prosperity Yu Sheng with Salmon and Crispy Fish Skin, the Cherry Garden Treasure Pot is available exclusively in the Success set at Cherry Garden. The Success set also offers the Fragrant Glutinous Rice with Sweet Aroma of Waxed Meat, Chilled Almonds and Snow Fungus in Red Dates Soup and Chilled Osmanthus Blossom Jelly with Wolfberries.
“Pot of Abundance Harvest’ Premium Whole Abalone Treasures Poon Choy
Peony Jade @ Clarke Quay, Blk 3A Clarke Quay, #02-02, Singapore 179020; Tel: 6338 0305
Peony Jade @ Keppel Club, Bukit Chermin Road, Keppel Club (Level M), Singapore 109918; Tel: 6276 9138
Price: $388.88 for up to 6 persons and $528.88 for up to 10 persons
Availability: 16 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: At Peony Jade, its modern exquisite version of the treasure pot has escalated to great culinary heights with craft and its 18 premium ingredients like whole 10-head Australian abalones, whole Sakura chicken, golden oysters, roasted pork, sea cucumber, fresh whole scallops, pork tendons, fatt choy, fish maw, big prawns, Shiitake mushrooms, Homemade Sea-grouper mousse cake, golden dried Whole Conpoy, pork knuckle, taro, beancurd sheet, radish and broccoli.
Price: $388++ for 6 persons or $628++ for 10 persons
Availability: 13 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: Indulge in Wah Lok’s traditional Longevity Poon Choi, an elaborated three-layered dish with an assortment of premium ingredients such as Baby Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Scallops, and Dried Oysters. The long hours, efforts and skills in cooking the Poon Choi are reflected in its rich flavours and exquisite taste.
Price: $418++ for 6–8 persons or $688++ for 10–12 persons
Availability: 17 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: Welcome the Year of the Horse with abundant blessings with this iconic and quintessential pot of heavenly treasures. Featuring sixteen different ingredients including highly prized African abalones, top grade giant Japanese dried scallops and oysters, luscious fish maw, sea cucumbers and more, this is one Lunar New Year mainstay that will capture the tastebuds and hearts of many. Prepared using slow-simmered superior chicken stock, chef’s specially concocted sauce for the pen cai and the numerous scrumptious ingredients in the pot makes it the perfect accompaniment for a bowl of fragrant white rice.
Price: $198 for six persons
Availability: 14 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: Literally a sumptuous feast in one pot, Master Chef Chan Hwan Kee’s masterpiece presents a whole chicken braised for two hours with prized ingredients such as pork belly that has been cooked for eight hours, whole Australian abalones, dried oysters, flower mushrooms, black moss and broccoli, resulting in a comforting rich-textured dish.
Price: For dine-in: $88+ per person (minimum 6 persons) or for takeaway: $98+ for medium pot and $118+ for large pot
Availability: 20 January to 14 February 2014
What’s in the pot: The Eight Treasures Fortune Pen Cai is a traditional reunion dish made more luxurious with the prized six-head South African Whole Abalones surrounded by layers of premium seafood, meat and vegetables with quality stock in a casserole pot.
Price: $688++ per pot for 10 persons
Availability: 23 January to 15 February 2014
What’s in the pot: This festive dish from Summer Palace is filled with premium oceanic delicacies such as South African Abalone, Baby Abalone, Sea Cucumbers, Dried Scallops, Dried Oysters and Fresh Prawns, braised in a fragrant gravy. The luscious one-pot feast comes with a complimentary Large Salmon Yu Sheng.
Price: $138.88 for 5 persons
Availability: Now to 23 January 2014
This unique dish will be a highlight at any gathering and showcases a whole duck that is slow cooked with eight different treasures namely; baby abalones, waxed sausages, polished glutinous rice, dried shrimps, mushrooms, spring onion, ginger, red onion, and spices. It comes with a reusable clay pot that is easy to reheat for convenient preparation at home.
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