Feast On The 11 Best Pen Cai In Singapore This CNY 2022

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With Chinese New Year 2022 coming up really soon, it can only mean one thing — more feasting! After all, it is a centuries-old Chinese belief that if you eat well at the start of the year, it is likely that you will be eating well throughout the year. One such festive and luxurious CNY dish is definitely a deep dish of pen cai (also spelled as ‘peng cai’). While most families might make their own, there’s also a wide variety of pen cai delivery and takeaway options if you’re not up for all that prep and cooking. Here’s our recommendations for the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022.

What is pen cai?

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Pen cai (盆菜) is a traditional Cantonese meal that dates as far back as the Song Dynasty. The dish is made up of many layers of different ingredients in a stewed chicken gravy. It is usually served in a large bowl or metal basins for communal sharing. This is because its Chinese name (also spelled as poon choi), has been variously translated as “big bowl feast” or “basin cuisine”.

What ingredients are included in pen cai?

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While you should pay attention to the combination of meat and vegetables when choosing ingredients for your pen cai, the most important thing is to pick the ingredients you like. Here’s a non-exhaustive list of ingredients that are commonly included when making pen cai in Singapore: 

  • Whole chicken 
  • Duck 
  • Braised eggs
  • Braised mushrooms
  • Stir-fried broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Fried bean curd
  • Black moss
  • Lotus root

During the CNY festive season, more premium seafood ingredients such as abalone, sea cucumbers and prawns are included in the pen cai as well. 

How to heat up pen cai?

One perk of getting pen cai takeaways is that the preparation process is really simple. First, you have to ensure that the entire pen cai is completely defrosted. After a few hours, all you have to do is pour boiling stock over the pen cai and simmer it over low heat for about an hour and voila! Your pen cai is ready to be served! 

Best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022

1. Seaco Prosperity Frozen Seafood Pen Cai

Seaco Prosperity Frozen Seafood Pen Cai
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The Seaco Prosperity Frozen Seafood Pen Cai (available on Seaco) has got everything you need in a good pen cai. From large prawns to cooked abalone and fish maw, you’ll love the generous amount of seafood it offers, which can feed up to six people. As one of the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022, this pen cai from Seaco comes with a specially concocted pumpkin sauce that blends into the dish well. You’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll definitely want seconds! 

Serves: 4 – 6 pax

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Pen cai delivery details for 2022:
Mon – Fri, 9am – 6pm & Sat, 9am – 1pm
Free delivery for orders over $50

2. Yi Jia South Village Prosperity Claypot Pen Cai

Yi Jia South Village Prosperity Claypot Pen Cai
(Credit: Yijia Seafood Official Store)

When it comes to the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022, you’ll definitely want to get one from a place that specialises in seafood. That’s why the Yi Jia South Village Prosperity Claypot Pen Cai (available on Yijia Seafood Official Store) is a great choice given that it comes with all your favourite seafood such as dried scallops, sea cucumbers and abalones. Of course, it also comes with a balanced amount of meat such as roasted chicken and roasted duck. Additionally, Yi Jia Seafood also offers pen cai takeaway from their stall in MacPherson — great for those who want to eat in the comfort of their own homes!

Serves: 6 – 12 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
Mon – Fri: 10.30am – 2pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Sat – Sun: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm –11pm
*Dine-in and takeaway available, reservation needed at least 2 days in advance

3. Tung Lok Golden Pen Cai

Tung Lok Golden Pen Cai
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Another frontrunner for the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022 has got to be Tunglok Group! As a leading restaurant group in Singapore, you can expect them to deliver on quality. We especially love the Tung Lok Golden Pen Cai (available on Tunglok Group) that comes with all the ingredients worthy of a great pen cai — roasted pork belly, lotus root, oyster mushroom and more! If you have more people at your CNY party, then you can consider the Tung Lok Prosperity Pen Cai (available on Tunglok Group) which serves up to 10 pax and comes with two free packets of walnut paste cream that can be added in the pen cai to complement the overall taste. 

Serves: 6 – 10 pax

Pen cai delivery details for 2022:
30 Dec 2021 – 26 Jan 2022
Free delivery for orders over $60

4. Tam Kah Seafood Pen Cai

Tam Kah Seafood Pen Cai
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With five different types of pen cai available at Tam Kah Seafood, you can be assured that they offer nothing but the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022. The Tam Kah Seafood Pen Cai (available on Tam Kah Seafood) can feed up to 10 people and includes all your favourite premium seafood such as shark’s fin, fish maw, fresh scallops and prawns. There is also a vegetarian option available where you’ll love the generous servings of vegetarian abalones, Japan vegetarian sea cucumber and Taiwan vegetarian ham. 

Serves: 5 – 10 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
*Only available for self-collection

5. APC Pen Cai

APC Pen Cai
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We have to admit, we can’t say no to freebies. That’s why the APC Pen Cai (available on APC E-Store) is such a hot favourite because it comes with two free cans of mala abalones and 300g of Japanese scallops! Moreover, this pen cai is one of the best in Singapore given that it includes the yummiest ingredients such as prawns, beancurd skin rolls, monkey head mushrooms and Hokkaido scallops. Boy, we’re hungry already! 

Serves: 6 pax

Pen cai delivery details for 2022:
Free delivery for orders over $56

6. Hai Tien Lo Treasure Pot Pen Cai (at Pan Pacific)

Hai Tien Lo Treasure Pot Pen Cai (at Pan Pacific)
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While it might be on the pricier side, the Hai Tien Lo Superior Treasure Pot from Pan Pacific Singapore proves to be one of the best pen cai in Singapore you can have this CNY 2022 thanks to its premium ingredients. Think eight-head whole abalones, dried oysters, black fungus and lobsters among many others. A great alternative would be their Hai Tien Lo Classic Treasure Pot which comes with bird’s nest and wantons — something different from the usual pen cai you’ll find in other restaurants. 

Serves: 6 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
17 Jan 2022 – 15 Feb 2022
*Dine-in available

7. Yan Harvest Pen Cai 

Yan Harvest Pen Cai
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As a highly acclaimed Cantonese restaurant, we can expect the pen cai from Yan to be some of the best in Singapore you can have this CNY 2022. After all, pen cai is a traditional Cantonese dish! The Yan Harvest Pen Cai is a majestic feast with 18 different ingredients making up the pot, including king grouper, whole conpoy, soya chicken, and fish maw. They are all braised in a flavourful duck gravy, which will send your taste buds into a frenzy! 

Serves: 5 – 10 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
*Minimum advanced order of 2 days is required, dine-in available

8. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Pen Cai

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Pen Cai
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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is another good place for you to get your pen cai takeaway. With a bounty of braised ingredients like 10-head abalones, fried fish maw, oysters, yam, and prawns, you’ll never have a dull moment when you feast on this pen cai. Furthermore, the overall presentation of this bowl is top-notch and it’ll surely look great when you post it on your Instagram stories — definitely a mark of one of the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022!

Serves: 5 – 6 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
Pre-order from now till 26 Feb 2022

9. Xi Yan Pen Cai

 Xi Yan Pen Cai
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The Xi Yan Pen Cai probably stands out in the crowd because of its veggie-friendly portions of broccoli and mushrooms. In terms of appearance, it is also slightly different from the usual caramel golden shades. That’s because it includes fresh prawns and quail eggs in the pot which is a hot favorite among kids! As one of the best pen cai in Singapore you can have this CNY 2022, you’ll be asking for a second serving faster than you can say ‘Huat!’

Serves: 5 – 6 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
Daily, 11am – 10.30pm
*Dine-in available

10. Crystal Jade Abalone Treasure Pot

Crystal Jade Abalone Treasure Pot
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As its name suggests, the pen cai from Crystal Jade Singapore is definitely a treasure pot.  With 20 different premium ingredients including whole 10-head abalones, shiitake mushrooms and scallops, you’ll love how everything comes together in this best 2022 CNY pen cai in Singapore. Pen cai takeaway is available at various outlets in January 2022, although it will be frozen at the time of collection. But don’t worry — the heating up process is as easy as ever!  

Serves: 5 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
30 – 31 Jan 2022
*Delivery and dine-in available

11. Yummy Food Pen Cai

Yummy Food Pen Cai
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As one of the best pen cai options in Singapore this CNY 2022 that offers both takeaway and delivery options, the pen cai from Yummy Food will definitely impress with its extensive range of ingredients and superior aesthetics. Furthermore, there is up to 2.5l of broth which is great for large families! Additionally, this pen cai comes with a complimentary electric cooker and thermal bag worth $90. This will definitely help you in the prep before CNY as you can heat up the pen cai the moment it arrives. But what’s best is that you can even use it after the new year festivities – what a steal! 

Serves: 5 pax

Pen cai takeaway details for 2022:
*Minimum advanced order of 3 days is required

Feast on the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022

We hope your stomachs are ready to indulge in the best pen cai in Singapore this CNY 2022! Other than pen cai, you can also feast on some of the best canned abalones and toss some best yusheng in Singapore for a more prosperous year ahead. If you’re organizing a hot pot party for your reunion dinner, make sure that you’re equipped with the best steamboat pots and follow these tips on how to organise a hot pot gathering. For other festive deals and discounts, be sure to check out Shopee’s CNY Sale!

This article was updated on 26 December 2021. Additional research done by Fatimah Tasmeem. 


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