The season of love and joy is around the corner and it’s time to look forward to a Christmas feast with your family and friends. It goes without saying that at every Christmas dinner, the turkey will be the centrepiece at the table. But who says that Christmas turkeys have to be boring? Forget the standard roasts, it’s time to elevate your feast with new turkey flavours.
This year, these hotels and restaurants are introducing new Christmas roast turkey offerings with a unique twist. From Asian flavours to boozy roasts, here are some recommended turkeys to savour with your loved ones this Christmas.
Goodwood Park Hotel is presenting a new Chinese-style Braised Whole Turkey, inspired by Coffee Lounge’s well-loved braised duck leg with Chinese spice, egg and tau pok in dark soya sauce. Incorporating heritage Teochew cooking techniques, the turkey is slowly braised in an aromatic sauce, made of a fragrant amalgamation of liquorice root, bay leaves, galangal root and star anise. Once the turkey is braised until tender perfection, it is served alongside braised eggs, braised peanuts and a homemade chilli sauce. To accompany the dish, guests can select from a choice of fragrant yam rice with preserved sausages, mushrooms and dried shrimps; or thick rice porridge and braised gravy.
The Chinese-style Braised Whole Turkey with Braised Eggs, Peanuts and Homemade Chilli Sauce is available for both takeaway and delivery at $338 nett, serving a party of 8 to 12 persons.
Celebrate the Christmas festivities this year-end with Da Paolo’s Italian-style offerings. Sink your teeth into the Stuffed & Deboned Roast Turkey, which is filled with three layers of stuffing. At the core of the turkey is the Cotechino, an Italian-style sausage consisting of pork meat, rind and lard. This is followed by the second layer — a delightful mix of chestnuts, leeks and mushrooms that encases the Cotechino. Finally, an aromatic chorizo spiced mince completes the turkey stuffing.
The Stuffed & Deboned Roast Turkey ($358, approximately 4kg) serves a party of 10 to 12 persons.
This year, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is presenting a booze-laced turkey. Indulge in the Bourbon & Marmalade Glazed Whole Roast Turkey which goes through various cooking techniques to achieve its mouthwateringly flavourful and juicy texture, complete with a perfectly crispy skin.
Flown in from France, the free-range turkey is brined for 48 hours in a solution of salt and spices, featuring cinnamon, clove, star anise and more. Once the brining is complete, it is coated with bourbon and orange marmalade glaze, before being slow-roasted for three hours until golden brown and slightly smoky. The turkey is served with a stuffing comprising seasoned bread, apricot and pistachio and paired with sweet cranberry & port wine sauce.
The Bourbon & Marmalade Glazed Whole Roast Turkey with Apricot & Pistachio Stuffing, Cranberry & Port Wine Sauce is available for both takeaway and delivery at $218 nett (3.8kg to 4kg) and serves a table of 6 to 8 pax.
If you’re looking for a spicy take on the traditional Christmas turkey, the Asam Pedas Roasted Turkey by Sheraton is one you shouldn’t miss. Inspired by the flavours of the Malay archipelago, the turkey is marinated with spicy and tangy Asam Pedas paste for over 36 hours. It is then slow roasted to perfection, and served alongside heritage Malay-Indonesian dishes such as nasi kunyit (turmeric basmati rice), sautéed brussels sprouts with sambal hijau (green chilli) and emping crackers (bitternut cracker).
The Asam Pedas Roasted Turkey is priced at $208 (5kg), orders are to be placed five days in advance for takeaway/ delivery from 5 to 25 December 2022.
This Christmas, spice up your dinner celebrations with the Roasted Turkey Masak Merah from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The classic turkey is given a spicy Asian twist as it is marinated with an aromatic spiced tomato gravy, and then roasted to achieve a deliciously crisp skin. The moreish Roasted Turkey Masak Merah is served with a side of fragrant blue pea flower ‘lemak’ basmati rice, crispy emping crackers, savoury sambal belacan and spiced tomato gravy.
The Roasted Turkey Masak Merah is available for takeaway and delivery at $238 (6-7kg), from 14 November to 27 December 2022.
Indulge in 1-At-Home’s $465++ Christmas Bundle featuring assorted cuts including 2KG Roasted Turkey Breast Pistachio and Pancetta Stuffing, 1.6g Honey glazed & Baked Smoked Ham, 800g Woodfired Grilled One-Bone OP Ribs and 800g Woodfired Grilled Rack of Lamb. These premium meats are balanced with a vegetable platter of Asparagus, Carrots, Roasted Potatoes and White Corn, best for a party of 7 to 8 pax.
The Christmas Set will be available for delivery via 1-at-home.sg from 1 to 25 December. Pre-orders are required to be made 5 days ahead of the delivery date, with the last pre-order date being 19 December.
A version of this article was first published in The Peak.