Thursday, February 21, 2013

Poon Choi ( Big Bowl Feast ) 蛇全十美 ~ 盆菜

I have never tasted Poon Choi before , after googled and checked few websites, i was very braved to prepare this Poon Choi for Re-union dinner. From what i learnt, this big bowl feast is a one-pot dish that full of premium delicacies as to symbloises prosperity and abundance. My idea was simply to assemble all dishes that i usually prepared for re-union dinner (with adding few new dishes) into one-pot..Usually the wet ingredients will be placed at the bottom whereas those dry ingredients to place on the top..I admit mine has the Poon Choi look but don't think it taste the same like those Poon Choi served in the restaurants or Poon Choi from origin Hong Kong.


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I limited my Poon Choi with perfect 10 premium ingredients.
Here were the preparation..
Preparing braised pork knuckles with sea cucumbers and mushrooms

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A new recipe- Money pockets ( Wrapped fish paste with dumpling wrapper). My kids said this is better than my earlier Hokkien meat balls ..
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Steamed scallops and fish maw with superior chicken stock

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Roast chicken and roast crispy pork
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follow how the restaurant way of roast, pour hot cooking oil on the roasted chicken skin in order to have crispy skin..but this was too tedious and oil spilled everywhere, will not make this way again..

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To assemble the Poon Choi, first place with wet ingredients  (for my case is braised pork knuckles) and then top up with all dry ingredients ..

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complete assembled Poon Choi


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At first, i was thinking to add abalone too, but the idea was rejected by my hubby ( he said nothing special about this abalone and not worth for the value, sound like an accountant !! Phong Hong, are you agree? LOL ) and kids don't appreciate this. So the end i have a chance to save few hundred ringgits !!
You may hop over to Alvin aka Chef and Sommelier for a abalone poon choi ....

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I thought i need to spend longer time to prepare this recipe, but in actual fact, it was quick, because many items are refer to old recipes..

Poon Choi ( Big Bowl Feast ) 蛇全十美 ~ 盆菜
(recipe source: by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover)

1st item, 2nd and 3rd item- Braised Pork Knuckles with Sea Cucumber & Mushrooms 海參豬腳, refer recipe here (with additional mushrooms)


4th item – Money pockets ( wrapped fish paste with dumpling wrapper)

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150g fish paste ( remove fish flesh from mackarel fish)
2 water chestnuts, chopped
30g mixed vegetables (carrot, pea and corn)
1/2tbsp tapioca flour
Salt, sugar and pepper to taste

Dumpling wrappers

Chinese chives, blanched in hot water to soften

Method

1. Mix fish paste with all ingredients, stir till a sticky paste.
2. Wrap fish paste with dumpling wrapper, tie with chives.
3. Deep fry over medium low heat till golden brown.

5th & 6th item- Scallop and Fish Maw in superior stock


Superior chicken stock (prepare 1 day ahead)

1 old chicken
6pcs of dried longan
1tsp whole white peppers
2lt water
-put all ingredients in a large stock pot, bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 3hrs. Allow to cool, strain and set aside

10pcs dried scallop- soak in a bowl of clean water overnight

10pcs ready fried fish maw

To prepare scallop and fish maw

1. Add superior chicken stock and water from soak scallop in a steaming plate.
2. Place soaked scallops and fish maw on top.
3. Steam for 1-2 hrs. Remove fish maw after 30mins.
4. Season with salt.

7th item- Salt and pepper large prawns, refer recipe here


8th item- Roast chicken, refer to roast duck recipe here, replaced duck with chicken (but this time i did not sun dry the skin, just keep inside the fridge overnight. After roast, pour hot cooking oil on the skin)


9th item – Roast crispy Pork, refer recipe here 


10th item – Hokkien meat balls, refer recipe here


To assemble Poon Choi

1. First place some Chinese long cabbage at the bottom of a claypot.
2. Then lay some fried taro slices on top of cabbage.
3. Take the cooked pork knuckles and place on top of taro slices, pour some gravy on it.
4. To finish the top layer, arrange prawns, mushroom and sea cucumbers from braised knuckles, money pockets, roast chicken, roast crispy pork, Hokkien meat balls, scallop and fish maw, garnish with blanched broccoli flowerets.
5. Bring claypot to heat up the gravy, enjoy!


As a Hokkein, a must have item in a re-union dinner, Hokkien noodles..i add the fried pork lard from the pork lard oil prepared for chinese peanut cookies..


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I also cook this pork ribs with lotus soup

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I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover

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45 comments:

Tracy Low said...

你真的很厉害哦!
有机会我也要学习弄这个。

Esther Lau said...

I am drooling just looking at Poon choi picture....I love the money pocket, will try your recipe soon :) thanks

Amelia said...

Hi Sonia, I'm impressed! Your poon choi look very yummlicious. I love to eat this treasure. :)

Have a nice day ahead,regards.

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Yoh, this is like a 10 people banquet menu, hahaha! You are a superwoman, can't imagine how you could prepare all these in 1 day! Don't know that serve Hokkien noodle. I like Hokkien noodles esp with with the fried pork lard, ok lah, next time can just cook this noodle for us, hahaha!

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

我也是有在家弄这个
不过只是mini版本的
两个人吃,也吃不完~~

Mel said...

I agreed with Jessie....a banquet menu and I am totally awe looking at all those dishes. Just speechless but I bet all the dishes are all very delicious and tasty. Your family are so blessed.

Min said...

Sonia, banyak kerja lah! I don't think I can make this, yours look very good, like those selling outside too :)

Vivian Pang said...

Looks very good! Having all delicacy in one bowl. Your poon choi is very nice presented.

Mama Waye Juin said...

thought of doing this during CNY, but too many dish to prepare, end up it was still in the waiting list, maybe next year :P

Baby Sumo said...

Sonia this looks so luxurious! My hubby also dont like abalone... he always say waste of money! Haha.

huikhee and yoonlai said...

wow...so yummy!! we also plan to make poon choi on Saturday too. :D

SueSue said...

Poon Choy seems to be very popular ya this CNY. I see many blogger made this. Must give it a try next year.

Doris Choo said...

Wow ! Looks so good. I think you're a super-woman !

Chef and Sommelier said...

Hi Sonia-Chi! Wow Wow... You really cooked up a storm this CNY! And the dishes all look so yummy! I can feel the festive mood from your pictures! Well done!

And THANK YOU for linking back to my post!

Cass @ 揾到食 said...

Hehe.. i am going to do this when my HK aunt come to visit us in March :)

My Little Space said...

Oh Sonia, you dared to try it! haha... Congrats. It looks good. I don't dare to try it cause I'm sure my family won't be able to finish up everything. We're very small eater especially meat. :o) So, what else you're cooking on chop goh meh?
Kristy

Li Shuan said...

Wah wah wah.... All hao liao on ur table....how I wish I were there pretending to be one of ur family members hahaha...

I actually also gathered some info regarding 盆菜 n 佛跳墙。。。at the end all gave up as I have no 盆 and no 盅 to make these dishes haha.... Next time have to buy a big claypot from Msia

divya said...

Very beautiful and yummy...

xing hui said...

i not dare to try this before coz scared for the preparing works but after see your poon choi, i think can try one using your method. haha... i think is very yummy...... n i like all that food on the table.

Jeannie Tay said...

You certainly outdone yourself with this wonderful dish! Everything looks so yummy!

joceline lyn said...

Wow! Don play play .This is very big project! Ha!ha!ha!

Aunty Young(安迪漾) said...

好厨艺!
佩服,真有你的!
羡慕你的家人哦!
你的呈现,带来鼓励,
那天心血来潮,也来试一试,
哈。。。。。。。
恭喜你的完美呈现!

Angie's Recipes said...

I am really impressed and inspired, Sonia.

myme said...

你好棒哦!你的家人真幸福,天天能吃到你煮的好料理。羡慕哦!!
其实这道我也想煮很久很久了,可到现在还是没有勇气尝试咯!嘻嘻!

Ah Tze @ Awayofmind said...

This is really yummylicious!! Many ingredients in this poon chai, lovely!

Phong Hong said...

Sonia, hah! hah! hah! Your husband sound like accountant, hor? Your poon choi looks very pro lah! Very beautiful presentation. Eh, I must buy the hanging rack to hang the chicken! I never taste poon choi before because you know lah, it is expensive and somebody won't spend the money hee...hee....

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, very impressive poon choi that you made your own! Bravo!

Anne Regalado said...

Sonia , your poon choi looks as wonderful and impressive as the ones we have here :D Though I haven't tried poon choi before :P Your hubby's right , nothing special about abalone lol Try adding some mung beans and peanuts to your lotus roots soup next time ;D

Elaine said...

Good morning and Goodness! What an impressive and well presented dish! This seems very popular among the bloggers this year- makes me want to try it out! Thanks!

Simply June said...

Your Poon CHoi looked beautiful! I made poon choi for CNY too; have never tasted it but it always looked so good I had to try it... unfortunately, my pot was a little too small... so I cannot fit as many items as I wished...

eileenlee said...

WOW WOW WOW, this super keng dishes and u presented it so nice, how lucky to become ur family members

蚊子 said...

you have a great CNY celebration~ with all delicious food! :D

felicia chai said...

超正!!!!!

来祝福你新年快乐,蛇全十美,蛇么都美,蛇么都顺。
元宵节快乐

Mich Piece of Cake said...

Your peng chai and every dish on that table looks simply amazing.

ICook4Fun said...

I remember having this dish a few times two years ago. It is amazing that you can creates it at home. Must be a lot of work cooking so many dishes and then layering it.

Caca said...

哇!好多肉!祝你家肥屋润!万事兴!

Yan said...

Me faint, looking at your poon choy, noodles, soup and other dishes. Sonia, your family is so blessed to have you. Everything looks so perfect.

Gloria said...

look delicious Sonia!1

Jay said...

looks so tempting n very very yumm
Tasty Appetite

cquek said...

A marvelous combination of textures and flavors.

mui mui said...

Hi Sonia,
Your Poon Choi look so yummylicious.
Every dish is so prefect. Oh! Your family is so blessed to have you...you are so super.

Happy Cao Goh Mei!
mui

Coraine said...

Hi Sonia! Hope you still remember me =) I've been missing for a year. Hey u have 8 hands right??? How can you whip up so many stuffs for a meal? I can't believe it! It's just so professional looking, and I bet they sure tasted great too!!

Casey said...

Thumbs up for you Sonia, you are so great!

Small Kucing said...

OMGH!!! You really "poon si" . Google only and managed to prepare this dish.

A lot of work but i bet everyone at the reunion enjoyed it very much .

lena said...

hi sonia, i just saw alvin's poon choi too a while ago. I must really salute both of you cos i think it really involves a lot of work and both yours and alvin's look really scrumptious!

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