Overview of Pun Choy
Let the feasting begin.......! Chinese New Year is definitely round the corner as the feasts have started. We kicked off the crazy season of indulging our stomachs with the Big Bowl Feast aka Pun Choy during the weekend. More common in Hong Kong, this dish recently gained popularity on our local shores.
Be warned though, this item is not for all. For those who hate their food messed up or touched by others - this is definitely a no no. Actually it ain't nothing much - just layers of various types of food plunked in one bowl. In this particular restaurant, instead of a deeper gold basin, they use a flatter stainless steel basin.
Finding this out of the way restaurant is also a big challenge especially late at night. Street signs are not that clear, hence you may experience a few wrong turns. Once you reach the place, you'll be confused further as they operate from 2 restaurants near each other. Seems one side just serves Pun Choy while the other is for other types of cooked food.
So what's in the huge pot, you ask? Food to serve more than 12 people! You get scallops fried with eggs and fake sharks fin and placed in a fried meehoon basket, two abalones, 12 tiger prawns, half a roast duck, half poached chicken, part of a suckling pig, ma yau fish (the bones are done away so you don't get bones stuck down your throat), broccoli, cauliflower, braised chicken feet, braised pork and bean curd sheets, konnyaku jelly threads (any other noodles would have absorbed the sauce and expanded), chinese mushrooms and clams. The huge platter is placed on a portable gas stove and heated up.
As instructions weren't too clear from the waiters, we were at a lost on how to eat this. We tried eating it layer by layer but after we discovered the tempting flavours of the braised meats under the first layer, everyone started digging downwards. I liked the braised meats the best as the sauce was yummy. Ate half a bowl of rice quickly as the sauce was delicious.
Aside from serving this at the restaurant, you can also buy back the big bowl feast and heat it up at home.
PT 11, Jalan Perkhidmatan
Sungai Buloh New Village
Tel No: 03 - 6140 2678
(Non Halal. Price for the luxury version is around RM450 to RM500 while the ordinary version minus scallops, suckling pig and abalone is RM231. Booking of at least one day in advance is needed so call ahead.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from the restaurant for writing this review.
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