10 Treasure Pots to Bond with your family this Chinese New Year
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.
Price: $368+ for six persons
Availability: 1 to 22 February 2016
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
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.
Availability: 22 January to 22 February 2016 (Dine-in or Takeaway)
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.
Price: $388++ for five persons
Availability: 18 January to 22 February 2016
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.
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
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.
Price: $368++ for six persons, $628++ for 10 persons
Availability: 25 January to 22 February 2016
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.
Price: $238++ for five persons and $398 for 10 persons
Availability: 24 January to 22 February 2016
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.
Price: $728++ for 10 persons
Availability: 18 January to 22 February 2016
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.
Price: $388++ for six persons
Availability: 11 January to 22 February 2016
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.
Price: $999 for 10 persons
Availability: 15 January to 22 February 2016
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.
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