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10 Treasure Pots to Bond with your family this Chinese New Year

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The treasure pot, also known as Poon Choy or “Big Bowl Feast”, is a traditional dish dating back to the Song Dynasty that comprises different layers of ingredients served in wooden basins. These days, the dish packed with layers and layers of fresh and top-grade seafood and meat is symbolic of the unity and happiness in a family when every family members come together and share a meal from one big pot during Chinese New Year. Here are 10 treasure pots to bond with your family and welcome good fortune and luck this Chinese New Year.

Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai
Cherry Garden, Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797; Tel: 6885 3500/6885 3541

Price: $368+ for six persons
Availability: 1 to 22 February 2016

Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai

Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai

There is no better way to bond with family and loved ones than over the spectacular Cherry Garden Luxurious Pen Cai – Singapore’s largest traditional ‘basin dish’, weighing more than 25 kilogrammes and measuring up to 45 centimetres in diameter. Topped with premium ingredients, the pot signifies an overflowing stream of fortune, featuring braised four-head abalone, lobsters, scallops, sea cucumbers, prawns, dried oyster rolls, conpoy, dace fillet, roasted duck, soy chicken, crispy pork belly, waxed sausages, mushrooms, as well as cabbage and black moss.

Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Sea Treasures in Claypot
Min Jiang at One-North, No. 5 Rochester Park, Singapore 139216; Tel: 6774 0122

Price: $248++ for six persons
Availability: 21 January to 22 February 2016

Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Sea Treasures in Claypot

Braised Pork Spare Ribs with Sea Treasures in Claypot

A hunk of pork spare ribs is first flash-fried, seasoned with garlic and spring onions, lovingly braised for two hours bone-in, then deboned and steamed for a further three hours for intense flavour and tenderness. In the meantime, Australian 8-head abalones, sea cucumber, dried oysters, dried scallops, flower mushrooms, ‘fa cai’ (black moss) and Tianjin cabbage are cooked separately. All ingredients are combined before serving, making it a delightfully decadent dish perfect for the festive table. The claypot is included for takeaways.

Prosperity Treasure Pot
House of Roasted Duck, Bugis Village, 233 Victoria Street, Singapore 188026; Tel: 6339 6817

Price: $168+
Availability: 22 January to 22 February 2016 (Dine-in or Takeaway)

Prosperity Treasure Pot

Prosperity Treasure Pot

A quintessential favourite during Lunar New Year, the bountiful Prosperity Treasure Pot is layered and filled with the four heavenly kings – Roasted Duck, Soy Sauce Chicken, Roasted Pork, Barbecued Pork and 8 other delightful ingredients such as Abalone, Cabbage, Duck Web, Duck Wing, Fatt Choy, Mushroom, Golden Bean Curd and Bean Curd Puff with Fish Paste in a savoury broth. The Prosperity Treasure Pot is a pot full of goodness that is bound to delight the palates of all roasted meat lovers.

Man Fu Yuan Deluxe Treasures Pot
Man Fu Yuan, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966; Tel: 6820 8519/20

Price: $388++ for five persons
Availability: 18 January to 22 February 2016

Man Fu Yuan Treasures Pot

Man Fu Yuan Treasures Pot

A treasure trove of prized ingredients, Man Fu Yuan’s Deluxe Treasures Pot (百鸟归巢盆菜), will take centrestage at every dinner table. The exclusively designed claypot which features blossoms of Spring and the agile monkey is significant of a new beginning and comprises over 18 ingredients including Whole Baby Abalone, Canadian Lobster, Fish Maw, Goose Web, Pig’s Trotter, Scallops, Dried Oyster, Quail, Flower Mushroom, Sea Moss and Roasted Duck. Prepared for over 12 hours, the amalgamation of tastes lends a touch of vibrance and warmth to the dinner table.

Mitzo’s Superior Fortune Pot
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4, Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857; Tel: 6603 8855

Price: Superior Lobster Fortune Pot: $398++ (Regular for up to six persons) / $688++ (Large for up to 10 persons) or Superior Fortune Pot: $338++ (Regular for up to six persons) / $628++ (Large for up to 10 persons)
Availability: 23 January to 22 February 2016

Superior Fortune Pen Cai

Superior Fortune Pen Cai

The ubiquitous Pen Cai is given an upgrade at Mitzo. Staying true to tradition and laden with over 10 luxurious ingredients that symbolize abundance of food and wealth, Mitzo debuts with an extravagant Superior Lobster Fortune Pot that is all set to impress. Braised to perfection, this pot of fortune promises a decadent Pen Cai experience with a chock-full of classic Chinese delicacies including the Braised lobster in ‘mao tai’ wine (in place of Hua Diao prawn from the Superior Fortune Pot), abalone, dried scallop, flower mushroom, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried oyster, bean curd, cabbage, lotus root, roasted duck and “fatt choy”, topped with crispy roast pork belly.

Premium Wealth Treasure Pot
Hai Tien Lo, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595; Tel: 6826 8240

Price: $368++ for six persons, $628++ for 10 persons
Availability: 25 January to 22 February 2016

Premium Wealth Treasure Pot

Premium Wealth Treasure Pot

For a hearty feast with your family and loved ones, celebrate with the signature Premium Wealth Treasure Pot that presents a magnificent range of premium ingredients including Whole Abalone, Pork Knuckle, Roast Duck, Prawns, Dried Oysters and Scallops. The preparation of this elaborate dish involves great culinary skills and long hours of cooking, and the efforts are reflected in its deep rich flavours and exquisite taste.

Paradise Treasure Pot
Available at Seafood Paradise, Canton Paradise, Paradise Dynasty, Beauty in The Pot and Paradise Inn outlets.

Price: $238++ for five persons and $398 for 10 persons
Availability: 24 January to 22 February 2016

Paradise Treasure Pot

Paradise Treasure Pot

Filled with layers of 17 deluxe ingredients including superior whole abalones, sea cucumber, premium fish maw, Japanese conpoy, Chinese dried oysters and black moss, savour this treasure trove in a heavenly rich broth.

Superior Treasures Fortune Pot in Peking Style
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant, 201 Keppel Rd, Singapore 099419; Tel: 6272 8822/ 8988

Price: $728++ for 10 persons
Availability: 18 January to 22 February 2016

Superior Treasures Fortune Pot in Peking Style

Superior Treasures Fortune Pot in Peking Style

Superior Treasures Fortune Pot in Peking Style is Prima Tower’s take on the traditional Pen Cai. This dish features a host of premium ingredients including superior shark’s fin, five head abalone, fish maw and sea cucumber, alongside crispy roast pork and black sea moss presented in elaborate layers.

Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, 39 Scotts Road, Singapore 228230; Tel: 6839 5623

Price: $388++ for six persons
Availability: 11 January to 22 February 2016

Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot

Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot

This Lunar New Year, taking center stage is the new Lobster and Abalone Fortune Pot that are loaded with auspicious meanings – Lobster symbolises energy and strength while Abalone signifies ‘assurance of surplus’. Excellent for six persons, this perfectly braised casserole comes with a Salmon ‘Loh Hei’ Platter for a top up of $30.

Xin’s Imperial Pen Cai
Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075; Tel: 6731 7173

Price: $999 for 10 persons
Availability: 15 January to 22 February 2016

Traditional Pen Cai

Traditional Pen Cai

For a majestic feast, opt for Xin’s Imperial Pen Cai, featuring premium ingredients such as Whole Australian 3-head Abalone, Bird’s Nest, Superior Fish Maw, Dried Scallop, Deer Tendon, Mexico Superior Sea Cucumber and Goose Web.

Author: Javan Ng
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