The coming Chinese New Year in 2022 – the Year of the Tiger – will fall on the 1st of February 2022. Given the current situation, you can expect an abundant selection from some of the top Chinese restaurants and hotels for pen cai for your reunion dinner. As with last year, there are several establishments offering takeaway or islandwide delivery services for Chinese New Year reunion dinners. If you choose to dine-in, do note that under current regulations, the maximum number of people in a table is 5.
Pen cai or Poon Choi is a traditional Cantonese dish comprised of a number of ingredients including meat, seafood and vegetables. Contrary to popular belief in Singapore, pen cai is not just consumed during Chinese New Year by Cantonese communities. Traditionally, pen cai is eaten during major festivals, religious rituals and even wedding banquets. In Singapore however, it is mostly eaten during the Lunar New Year as a symbol of harmony.
Without further ado, I’ve tried my best to list them down here for your convenience. This list will be expanded over the next few days as new establishments come onboard with their pen cai for CNY 2022 so bookmark this page for future reference.
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Regent Singapore (Summer Palace)
*Top Pick* Michelin-starred Summer Palace’s pen cai is available as part of their set menus good for a 5 or 10 person reunion dinner available for takeaway and delivery. The Peony Set Menu (from S$736.15) comes with Crispy Salted Egg Fish Skin and Jellyfish Yu Sheng, Summer Palace Pen Cai (Abalone, Sea Cucumber, Sea Moss, Roasted Pork, Dried Oyster, Fish Maw, Shiitake Mushrooms, Beancurd Puffs, Chinese Cabbage and Fungus in Festive Pot), Steamed Live Pearl Garoupa Hong Kong-style, Smoked Chicken with Jasmine Tea Leaves, Stir-fried Glutinous Rice with Hong Kong Preserved Sausages and Dried Shrimp. You can also lux it up with their Prosperity Set Menu (from S$950) which replaces the fish with Stir-fried Lobster and the chicken with Diced Beef Tenderloin.
Dates: Now until 15th February 2022
Delivery: Free delivery with minimum order of S$300 / S$25 delivery fee for orders below S$300
Order here (10% off for I Wander readers, valid until stocks last)
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium (Xin Cuisine)
For an authentic pen cai, the restaurant’s Xin’s Traditional Pen Cai (S$328 / S$478) for takeaway brims with premium ingredients such as whole abalone, fresh scallop, deep-fried fish maw, sea cucumber, live prawn and roast meat to name a few. You can also lux it up and opt for the Xin’s Prosperity Pen Cai (S$368 / S$518) which has the same ingredients as the traditional pen cai but with added lobster and no duck.
Dates: Now until 15th Feb 2022 (collection starts 5th Jan)
Order here (10% off)
InterContinental Singapore (Man Fu Yuan)
Man Fu Yuan’s decadent Abundance Treasure Pot (S$498) brims with over 18 premium choice ingredients, including some that were specially procured overseas. Expect delights such as 8-head abalone, Canadian lobster, Hokkaido scallops, pig’s trotters and Yunnan pleurotus tuber fungus inside this luxuriant pot.
Dates: Now until 30th January 2022 (collection starts 11th January)
Shangri-la Singapore (Shang Palace)
Guests may indulge in seasonal specials such as the takeaway Abundance Treasure Pot (S$488). Good for 8 persons, it hosts a treasure trove of prized ingredients including abalone, fish maw, whole dace fish, sea cucumber, pork knuckle and more, epitomizing its symbolism of abundance and prosperity. The dish is laboriously prepared over six hours to bring out the best flavors of each ingredient.
Dates: 2nd January to 15th February 2022
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
This hotel in the east is offering 2 types of pen cai this year. Feast on the Golden Treasures Seafood Pen Cai (S$368+), an ocean treasure pot filled with Australian rock lobster, Atlantic goliath grouper, baby abalone, oysters, scallops, snow crab legs, sea prawns and other exquisite festive delicacies slow-cooked in collagen-rich pumpkin gravy. A bestseller for Lunar New Year, the Bountiful Treasures Pen Cai (S$258+) is a luscious pot of treasures including premium baby abalone, dried oysters, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried scallops, braised pork belly, assorted mushrooms, fatt choy (black moss), fried yam, white radish and wolfberries slow-cooked in collagen-rich pumpkin gravy. Both pen cai are good for up to 6 persons.
Dates: Now until 30th January 2022
Order here (20% discount)
Taste Restaurant at Ibis Singapore Bencoolen is offering its Prosperity Pen Cai (S$228) available for takeaway. Each serving includes an abundance of roast duck, roast pork, fish maw, prawn and sea cucumber.
Dates: 15th January to 15th February 2022
Tam Kah is a seafood wholesaler that also prepares cooked seafood dishes for delivery. For CNY 2022, they are offering either the Prosperity (from S$168) or the Superior (from S$198) pen cai. Both types of pen cai come in 5-pax and 10-pax versions. Expect ingredients such as 6-head abalone, sea cucumber, fish maw, dried and fresh scallops and more. This is quite a good value pen cai if you are looking for a less expensive option this year.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Racines’ bestseller for the festive season, Chef Andrew’s Magnifique Pen Cai (from $362) makes its return. The seafood treasure pot comprises stellar ingredients of abalone, sea cucumber, king prawns, Hokkaido scallops, fried oysters, flower mushrooms, fish maw, roasted pork and roasted French duck breast on a bed of truffle-braised cabbage and black moss.
Dates: Now to 12th Feb 2022 (collection starts from 24th January)
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach (Madame Fan)
Making its debut this year at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach’s Madame Fan is the Trio of Happiness Poon Choy (from S$368), available exclusively for takeaway and delivery. There is a progressive spin to this communal-style festive casserole hot pot with three distinctive flavors – Classic Abalone Sauce for the traditionalist, Spicy Szechuan Sauce for the adventurous and an East meet West Truffle Sauce for the modern maestro. This pen cai includes ingredients such as abalone, spiky sea cucumber, tiger prawns, Hokkaido scallop, fish maw; meaty delights such as roasted duck and poached chicken.
Dates: 26th December 2021 to 15th February 2022 (collection starts 15th January 2022)
PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay (Peach Blossoms)
Peach Blossoms’ Blossoming Abalone Treasure Pot (S$388) includes 10-head abalone, roast duck, braised pork trotter and a selection of premium seafood in a one-pot braise. Good for 8 persons, a vegetarian version is also available from S$308. Orders need to be made at least 3 days in advance.
Dates: 30th December 2021 to 15th February 2022
The Fullerton Hotel (Jade)
For dine-in, Jade at The Fullerton Hotel will be offering individually-portioned pen cai. The Cornucopia of Wealth (SS$88 per person) contains a number of braised delicacies including abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, flower mushrooms, dried scallop, stewed pork trotter, fried phoenix feet and yam. The Premium Braised Pen Cai (S$98 per person) which requires a one-day advance order, contains ten-head South Africa whole abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, dried scallops, braised pork trotter, dried oysters, flower mushrooms, roasted duck, diced chicken, diced giant grouper, prawn, fresh bean curd stick, yam, lotus root, Chinese cabbage, leek, chestnut and pork tendon.
For takeaway, the Great Treasures Pen Cai (S$588) contains the same ingredients as the individually-portioned Premium Braised Pen Cai except that this takeaway version is good for 6 persons in one pot.
Dates: 10th January to 15th February 2022
Tung Lok’s pen cai, the Prosperity Pen Cai (S$298), is good for 10 persons and comes with ingredients such as abalone, prawn, fish maw, roasted pork belly, braised pork shank, fish puff, bean dough and more. Each order of their pen cai also comes with a free claypot and 2 packets of walnut cream.
Delivery: Free pen cai delivery with minimum order of S$60
Dates: 30th December 2021 to 26th January 2022
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (Jiang Nan Chun)
Jian Nan Chun’s Pen Cai (from S$888) presents a number of mainstays from this classic Cantonese dish. The pot contains mushrooms, dried oysters, dried scallops, sea cucumber, roast pork belly, pig’s trotter, baby abalone, pork ribs, fish maw, soy sauce chicken, signature roast duck, fresh prawns and black moss.
Dates: 3 to 28 January 2022
One Farrer Hotel
Have a hearty feast at home with the Bountiful Treasures Poon Choi (S$308) from One Farrer Hotel which overflows with goodness with its many layers. The pot contains abalone, fish maw, sea cucumber, dried oyster, pork knuckle, flower mushroom, prawn, roasted duck, roasted pork, fatt choy and cabbage.
Dates: 27th December 2021 to 4th February 2022
Capitol Kempinski Hotel
The Capitol Kempinski’s Signature Treasures in a Pot Pen Cai ($308+), good for 5 persons, comes loaded with premium ingredients. This savory pot comes packed with 10-head abalone, sea cucumber, fried fish maw, oysters, black moss, flower Mushrooms, roasted duck and more.
Dates: Now until 15th February 2022
Carlton Hotel (Wah Lok)
Making a return this year is Wah Lok’s Longevity Poon Choi (from S$408). This is an elaborate three-layer dish consisting of premium ingredients such as whole abalone, sea cucumber, scallops and dried oysters with superior stock in a casserole pot. Wah Lok’s pen cai has remained relatively unchanged over the years as it attracts a steady stream of regulars each CNY.
Dates: 4th January to 15th February 2022