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Poon Choi @ Jade Villa

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Poon Choi @ Jade Villa

sillielizard | Feb 18, 2006 11:37 AM

A big group of us went recently to Jade Villa on a late Thursday night for a birthday celebration & ordered the poon choi.

I've never had it before because my family isn't southern Chinese (one of my friends said it was a Cantonese thing, another said it was more of a southern Chinese thing as opposed to a Cantonese thing -- anybody know?).

It's a huge huge bowl that includes everything in layers & the idea is that you are supposd to try to eat in layers & eventually all the seasoning & juices drip down to the bottom, leaving a more flavorful meal as you continue (altho some of the sisters weren't able to resist picking & choosing & mixing up the layers). It was enough to feed the 10 of us who were there (with more left over) without us ordering anything in addition.

The top layers of Poon Choi @ Jade Villa had eggplant, fried tofu, Chinese lettuce, peppers stuffed with shrimps, fatty pork, pork feet, mushrooms. There was also a huge deposit of chicken in the middle. The bottom layers had more veggies (including radish & Chinese lettuce), bean thread noodles & a whole lot of curry Chinese-style.

It was delicious (everyone's favorite of the smaller items was the pork feet) although the consensus was that the curry was so strong that eventually it overpowered all the other flavors (you can order without the curry & we said we would do that the next time we went). Can't say how it compares to other poon choi in the area since it was my first time, but I'd love to hear other people's opinions or experiences. The person who suggested it says you can order it at Pearl Villa all winter but that you have to call ahead.

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