Cover Poon Choi (Photo: Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara)

Here's where to go to satisfy your cravings for a big bowl feast

Poon choi is loosely translated to mean "a treasure pot", "big bowl feast", or even "basin cuisine". Though traditionally a Cantonese dish, poon choi has transcended cultures and has become a gastronomic landmark in many families' celebrations during Chinese New Year. Composed of a number of layers of different ingredients, poon choi gives you the quintessential Chinese New Year flavours—all in one dish. 

Served in a large bowl, the ingredients are cooked for a long time to ensure the meat becomes tender and the other fresh ingredients soak up all the essences. It is believed that only the freshest of ingredients have to be used to do the dish justice; canned, frozen, or any other ready-to-eat ingredients are considered a big no-no.

Common auspicious ingredients for poon choi include abalone, pork, fish maw, dried mushroom, prawns, broccoli, and sea moss but the list differs from clan to clan, village to village, and family to family depending on where they are located and what resources they have access to. 

Like the list of its typical ingredients, the folklore of poon choi varies as well with the most common belief being that it was created as a dish for Emperor Song and his troops as he escaped the Jin army to the vicinities around Hong Kong and the Guangdong Province. The locals gathered their most precious ingredients and compiled them into large washbasins, placing the most valuable and rare ingredients like abalone, sea cucumber and other seafood on top of the other layers, fully on display. 

Now a symbol of cultural unity, teamwork and gratitude, poon choi is becoming increasingly popular at reunion meals. 

1. The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

Executive Chinese Chef Alex Au and his talented team at Li Yen offer two options of Poon Choi. Available daily for lunch and dinner from now till February 15, 2022, they are Li Yen's Traditional Poon Choi (RM868++ for small and RM1,388++ for large) or Li Yen’s Deluxe Poon Choi (RM1,568++ small and RM2,518++ for large). Abalone, fish maw, and dried oysters are among the featured ingredients

Reservation

Visit its website, WhatsApp +6018 646 8033 or WeChat @LiYenKL.

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2. Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

As part of its Chinese New Year celebrations, Sofitel's Wan Chun Ting's sumptuous Prosperous Poon Choi set is suitable for five pax. Available from now till February 15, 2022.

Price

RM888 per serving

Reservation

The Prosperous Poon Choi requires an advanced order of one day. Call +603 2720 6648 for reservations and enquiries.

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3. EQ Kuala Lumpur

EQ's beloved Golden Phoenix restaurant is back in all its culinary glory as a Chinese New Year pop-up in the hotel. Among its many festive offerings is its Premium Abalone Poon Choi made up of abalone, king prawns, Japanese dried scallops, sea cucumber and smoked duck on top fresh bean curd and yam. Available from now till 15 February.

Price

RM888 for six pax

Reservations

Call +603 2789 7839 or email dineateqkl@kul.equatorial.com.

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4. W Kuala Lumpur

Apart from yee sang and dim sum offerings, W Kuala Lumpur's Yen also offers a Braised Premium Assorted Poon Choi, which includes abalone, dried oyster, roasted duck, broccoli, beancurd sheets, tiger prawns, and more.  Available from now till February 15, 2022.

Price

RM298+ per person, minimum order for four pax

Reservation

Call +6012 347 9088 or email bf.wkualalumpur@whotels.com.

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5. Pullman KLCC Hotel & Residences

On top of extensive Chinese New Year festive feasts, Pullman KLCC Hotel & Residences is offering takeaway options including its Abundance Poon Choi comprising tiger prawns, dried oysters, smoked duck breast, money bag dumplings, and most delightfully, ten-head abalones. Available from now till February 15, 2022. 

Prices

RM388, serving 4 pax, and RM888 for 10 pax

Delivery

WhatsApp +6016 290 3864 or email restaurants@pullman-klcc.com.

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6. Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Abalone fans wouldn't want to miss Shang Palace's Premium Abalone Poon Choi filled with traditional Cantonese ingredients including 10-head abalone, dried oyster, Hokkaido dried scallops, goose webs, roasted duck, steamed chicken, and ginseng.

Prices

RM1,178 nett for 6 pax, and RM1,888 nett for 10 pax.

Reservation

Call +603 2074 3900 or WhatsApp +6019 390 2257

7. Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur's Chynna is ushering in the Year of the Tiger with the Chinese New Year Supreme Hotpot-Style Poon Choi in Claypot. The dreamy dish features abalone cubes, sea cucumber, baked fish maw, fried wantons, roasted duck, kaori bako, and more. Available from now till February 14, 2022.

Price

The pot is priced at RM208 nett per person, with an additional RM60 nett for takeaway (claypot included). Minimum order of 6 pax.

Reservation

Minimum of two hours pre-order required. Call +603 2264 2264 or email KULHI_FB@hilton.com.

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