2021 Chinese New Year Home Feast!

DO NOT miss Sun Wah’s exclusive carry-out Chinese New Year special extended through February 24th!

We are welcoming the Year of the Ox by wishing everyone a “Flourishing House Full of Gold and Jade”. This is the name of our featured CARRY-OUT course to welcome the Lunar New Year — full-to-the-brim hot pot based on the recipes from the walled villages of Hong Kong’s New Territories. With over a dozen ingredients, this hot pot aspires to fill your house (and your stomach) full of gold & jade for the new year!

Premium ingredients include: House made fish balls, shell-on shrimp (6), abalone (6), fresh oysters (6), dried scallops (6), black moss, roast duck, boiled chicken, Hong Kong style roast pork, house made bacon, black mushrooms, soy bean sprouts, fried soft tofu, daikon radish, tofu pouch all in a decadent abalone sauce.

Flourishing House Full of Gold and Jade

Due to the complexity of layering each dish, Flourishing House Full of Gold and Jade must be reserved in advance for carry-out or dine-in. Customer demand has extended availability of this special until February 24, 2021 WITH a minimum 2-day advance order. Advance orders can be made via phone 773-769-1254 during our business hours or via SMS Text 773-816-9883. Absolute latest order can be made on Monday, February 22 for pick up or dine-in availability on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Cost of this exclusive feature is $168 and is designed to feed a headcount of 6-8 participants. For maximum convenience and hygiene, Flourishing House Full of Gold and Jade will be layered into a stainless steel hot pot vessel for every guest to take home. This factory-new pot is completely yours to keep — no need to return to us. Heating can’t be simpler. Just place the pot on an induction burner or table-top burner stove, bring it to a gentle boil, reduce the heat to simmer the sauce and enjoy!

As a bonus, each order will include a box of traditional Cantonese style New Year’s pastries made in-house from scratch at Sun Wah BBQ!

Please be aware that ALL the ingredients mentioned may be incompatible with participants with food allergies. The streamlined nature of crafting 100 dishes will not permit omissions or customizations.

Deeper dive into Sun Wah BBQ’s Flourishing House Full of Gold & Jade…

Gung Hay Fat Choy and happy Year of the Ox to all! This year, our New Year’s Feast will look a little different. The biggest difference is obviously we will not be able to seat anyone en masse with us. We will also not have everyone guess in advance what they’re eating this year. We will be offering a main course and different traditional dishes you can order on the side. The main course will be a very popular dish in Hong Kong, where legend says it was invented, called “poon choy”.

Poon choy (盆菜) roughly translates to “basin food”, as all the food is cooked, layered into a large basin (equivalent to a modern-day 15qt Le Creuset Dutch oven), and then cooked on a small stove to keep the soupy sauce boiling while eating. It’s evolution has given it a new face in all shapes and sizes, but as we are a traditional family, we stayed with the original form.

Poon choy’s Hong Kong roots stem from the outer areas (walled villages) of the New Territories of Hong Kong. The ancestors of the villagers arrived in the New Territories as they were fleeing barbarian invaders in the north. Poon choy was invented when the young emperor of the late Sung dynasty was fleeing the Mongols and arrived on the outskirts of Hong Kong. The villagers felt honored to have the emperor and his soldiers among them so they cooked all the best available food they had for a feast. However, due to the large number of people, there were not enough individual dishes for everyone. So all the cooked food were piled into basins and people grouped around the basins to eat together.

Symbolically, poon choy is the embodiment of hospitality, gratitude, unity, and equality. Hospitality is due to the nature of the dish. All are welcome to the table, anyone and everyone can enjoy the meal. Gratitude to ancestors and guests is symbolized by only using the freshest and best ingredients as an offering to them. Unity is represented during the cooking and eating of this dish, as it takes teamwork to complete the dish and everyone gathers around to eat it together. Finally, equality. No matter who you are, you can sit down with someone else and enjoy this dish together. Whether you are rich or poor, educated or not, from the same village or the next, all are welcome at the table to eat from the same basin vessel

Our team here at Sun Wah has given this iconic dish the name of “Flourishing House Full of Gold & Jade” in the hopes that hospitality will bring you a year full of color and joy; gratitude will fill your house with happiness and wealth; unity will bring knowledge to fill your home to the brim; and equality will bring fortune to your door.