You don’t want to fall foul of this Christmas tradition.
Nothing brings about more Yuletide joy than a warm and intimate party with your family and friends at home, while enjoying a tasty and inviting meal. And what’s a Christmas party without some hearty festive nosh (and some great bubbly, but that’s another story for another day)? It goes without saying that you’ll need the grande dame of all Christmas feasts, the turkey, to be the centrepiece to your dining table. With so many options available for you to take home, we suss out a few unique picks that will not only fill tummies, but impress your guests as well.
The good ol’ comforting claypot rice gets a Christmas makeover in this intriguing concoction by SPRMRKT. Everything you love about this smoky and hearty dish — the glutinous rice, preserved sausage, Chinese mushrooms and salted fish — is stuffed into a turkey ($138+ for around 5kg) which is then roasted to crisp perfection. It’ll be a delightful surprise when you carve it open, served with gravy and cranberry sauce.
Festive pre-orders can be placed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the outlets directly, or picking up an order form. Orders must be placed at least three working days ahead, with the option of delivery, self-collection or dine-in.
STPI, Level 1, 41 Robertson Quay, 238236
Tel: 9736 4032
#02-13 Cluny Court
501 Bukit Timah Road, 259760
Tel: 9736 4170
Truffle fans will get a kick out of this richly flavoured turkey ($178 for 5kg). The bird is brined in salt water and spices prior to cooking and then marinated by rubbing a signature blend of spices on the skin, and truffle paste in the cavity of the bird , which allows the fragrance of the truffle to penetrate through the meat, according to its Executive Chef Eric Neo. The bird is then roasted for about 1.5 hours till a yummy golden brown, then lavishly brushed with truffle paste.
As if that’s not decadent enough, fresh truffle is shaved generously over the turkey, resulting in a strong, robust flavour of earthy truffles combined with the tenderness of the turkey meat.
Festive Takeaways are available online and at the Festive Shoppe located at the entrance of:
80 Middle Road, 188966
Tel:l 6825 1132
Want to spice up your turkey? Indulge the new Tom Yum Roast Turkey ($168+ for 6kg), served with green papaya salad, tom yum sauce and house-made tamarind dip. The Thai-style roast turkey is marinated for 24 hours with tom yum paste and mustard sauce, and baked at 120 degree celsius for two hours. With its strong flavours, this appetising festive turkey will prove to be a crowd-pleaser at your party.
How about having a unique Singapore flavor to your turkey? The new Roasted Pandan Scented Turkey ($238) is steeped in a marinade of honey and fresh pandan (screwpine) extract and slow-roasted to perfection. The result? Subtle aromatic hints of pandan accentuated with the natural sweetness of honey. Served with the sweet-savoury Mantou Kaya Nibbles – a flavourful turkey stuffing with sautéed shallots, shiitake mushrooms, and mantou (Chinese steamed bun), filled with luscious kaya (coconut jam), this succulent roasted bird will add a piquant touch to your dining table.
Available from Dec 1 to 26 – advance order of five days is required. Order online or at:
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road, 228221, from 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6730 1867 / 68 from 10am to 6pm
This one’s for mala lovers. Turn up the heat at your party this year with this Roasted Mala Spiced Turkey — accompanied with pickled vegetables, garlic fried rice and cilantro gravy ($128). Expect an intriguing taste profile that is full of flavour when you bite into the luscious meat is packed. Get your water jugs ready!
They also have the usual Whole Traditional Roast Marinated Turkey (from $88) with chestnut stuffing that comes with roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.
Get a festive refresh with this locally-inspired flavour where the bird of choice is stuffed with savoury chicken otah (soft grilled meat mixed with spices) and spice-infused basmati rice with bits of dried cranberry and festive nuts to add textural contrast. The poultry is given a good rub-down with aromatics like fresh galangal, lemongrass, turmeric, ground cumin and ground coriander, then seasoned overnight before it is slow-roasted to a glorious brown. A specially-concocted Asian lemak (coconut-based) gravy gives it a luscious finish.
Available for order until Dec 25. Orders must be made three days in advance. Last date for orders is Dec 22, 12pm and collection at:
Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, 178881
Tel: 6559 6796 (11am to 7pm)
Award-winning Indian restaurant Punjab Grill is offering a twist to the classic Indian Tandoori Chicken Tikka with its signature Tandoori Turkey ($128+) and Stuffed Tandoori Turkey ($158, stuffed with mushroom morels biryani). Marinated in yoghurt and a special blend of rich Indian spices, the whole turkey is grilled to perfection and boasts juicy meat with a smoky aroma. Accompanied with assorted vegetables, it’ll be a flavourful addition to your table.
Available from Dec 15 to 25, reservations must be made at least three days in advance.
B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
South Podium, 2 Bayfront Avenue, 018972
Tel: 6688 7395
Grand Hyatt’s Roasted Whole Tom Turkey ($150) is simple but homey for those who prefer a lighter option. Marinated with salt, pepper, root vegetables, thyme and butter, it comes with a turkey gravy of roasted turkey bones and root vegetables and freshly made cranberry sauce infused with cloves, orange and red wine.
If a whole turkey seems a bit much for you and your gang to swallow, try the tasty Roasted Turkey Roll ($90) instead, which is just the right portion and comes with chestnut and spinach stuffing as well as the same turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. Best of all, it’s boneless! Have vegans in your midst or you just want to provide some respite from the meat fest? Delight your guests with a plant-based Impossible Meat Loaf, made with Impossible Meat and served with a delicious vegetable gravy.
Orders must be made four days in advance before collection date. Available until Dec 26 at:
Grand Hyatt Singapore
10 Scotts Road, 228211
Tel: 6738 1234
The preparation for Carlton Hotel’s turkey takes about two days, so you can expect fragrant and juicy flesh that is jam-packed with flavour. The turkey ($138 for 4.5 to 5kg) is marinated with their house spice for one day before being roasted in slow fire for three hours to retain the tenderness of the meat. It comes with chestnut stuffing and cranberry and turkey jus, and is served with mix greens and mashed potatoes.
By Joy Fang + Muneerah Bee, updated November 2019