Poon Choi @ Dragon-i

Poon Choi @ Dragon-i
Poon Choi @ Dragon-i

This Chinese New Year, Dragon-I releases its signature Chinese New Year delicacy -the Poon Choi or Prosperity Abalone Treasure Pot, which is one of the most look forward dish all-year-round, save family from extensive cooking to feed guests and family members during dinners for 6 – 8 pax.

According to Wikipedia, the origins of Poon Choi dates right back from the late Song Dynasty when during the invasion of Mongolia, the young Chinese Emperor fled to Guangdong and Hong Kong. In order to serve the Emperor and the army, the locals gathered the best available food and cooked it in a wooden wash basin.

At Dragon-I, the Poon Choi is hong siew, soy sauced and pork rib soup based, bringing out the best in the flavours of the 18 premium ingredients served in the pot. Its ingredients are also fresh, which include premium mushrooms from Japan that is juicy and succulent to taste and with its diameter almost as long as our index finger. Prawns are big in size, fresh and absorbed the flavours of the soup, abalone, sea cucumber, scallops, dried Oysters, roast chicken, braised pork belly, golden money bags, pork balls, dried beancurd skin, yam, black moss, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, deep-fried beancurd skin and radish.

The Poon Choi takes about 2 – 4 hours to cook and an overnight preparation. Many diners order in advance and come and collect it from the restaurant. The take-away Poon Choi is presented in a steel carrier so that the heat is maintained and stainless steel carrier is more resistant towards impact.

Lap Mei Fan and Braised Mushroom and vegetables
Lap Mei Fan and Braised Mushroom and vegetables

Another highlight at Dragon-i, the Lap Mei Fan, is fragrant and the rice has thoroughly absorbed its flavours. Mix them together and you can taste the crisp of the rice which has a slight bitter burnt taste but ‘sweetened’ or othe ‘savourized’ (for the lack of  a better word) by the fragrance of the Chinese Sausage. A perfect combination and very well done. Eat this together with the juicy, huge premium braised mushroom from Japan and broccoli and this will become one of the most memorable dishes you have during the festive season.

Thinking of taking away some tidbits? Try the pineapple short cake from Taiwan also known as ‘wong lai soh’. Great as gifts for friends and family during house visitation or just self-consumption.

For more information on Dragon-i’s Poon Choi, view http://my.openrice.com/perlis/restaurant/article/detail.htm?article_id=334.

*Non-halal

Location:

Dragon-I, Ground Floor, near Ice Rink.

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