Christmas is just around the corner. This is the time of the year when turkey cooking- and buying-panic sets in for those who are obsessed about having the best-tasting turkey at their Christmas dinner. Even if you enjoy cooking, it’s hard to make sure you have the perfect turkey ready on Christmas day (not to mention the lack of oven space to fit in a big bird).
One of the greatest benefits of living in a foodie city like Singapore is that our dinner party needs can often always be fulfilled by someone, someplace or somewhere. With the myriad of choices available, finding the perfect bird to grace the dining table is not hard — if you know just where to get your fix. To help you along, we’ve put together a list of places to get the best turkeys this Christmas.
Poached Soy Sauce Turkey with ‘Tau Kwa’ and Fragrant Rice EDITOR’S PICK!
Add a new twist to the traditional Christmas dinner this year. Instead of the usual roast turkey, give Goodwood Park Hotel’s poached soy sauce turkey with ‘tau kwa’ and fragrant rice a try. Inspired by the popular Cantonese-style braised soy sauce chicken, this tender turkey boasts the comforting flavours of soy sauce, cinnamon, star anise as well as cloves. Accompanied by Teochew-style braised beancurd, fragrant rice, dark soy sauce and homemade chilli sauce, this dish will be a winner at your Christmas dinner.
Price: $168 (4.5kg); Serves 8-12 persons
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scotts Road
Tel: 6737 7411
Buah Keluak Turkey
Buah keluak is a traditional ingredient used in Peranakan cooking. And this year, Marina Mandarin has given the big bird a Nonya twist. The turkey is marinated with Nonya buah keluak paste and served with chestnut and mushroom glutinous rice, Nonya chap chye (mixed vegetables) and buah keluak sauce. The turkey is baked to perfection for an East-meets-West experience.
Price: $138 (5Kg); Serves 6-8 persons
Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: 6845 1000
Charcoal-baked Malai Turkey MOST INNOVATIVE FLAVOUR
Here, the traditional roast turkey is given a refreshing, Indian twist. Chef Eric Neo of Intercontinental Hotel created this new and bold flavour to spice up the festive season this year. The turkey is seasoned using a marinade consisting of Indian spices such as masala, cumin, coriander, with yoghurt as a natural tenderiser for the meat. The bird is then baked at a low temperature in a tandoor oven using charcoal, giving the meat a distinctive smoky flavour. This delicious succulent turkey, brined with Indian spices, gives an exotic new life into the usually bland and boring turkey.
Price: $115 (5kg); Serves 5 persons
80 Middle Road
Tel: 6338 7600
Traditional Roasted Whole Turkey with Chestnut & Foie Gras Stuffing
If you prefer a traditional roast turkey, go for the tender traditional roasted turkey with chestnut and foie gras stuffing with cranberry and port wine sauce at Carlton Hotel. Heavenly rich foie gras is added to give you excellent flavour and the melt-in-the-mouth goodness. It’s so good that you will be craving for more.
Price: $95 (4.5-5kg); Serves 6-10 persons
Carlton Hotel Singapore
76 Bras Basah Road
Tel: 6338 8333
Rosemary Crusted Roast Turkey with Sage & Onion Stuffing BEST VALUE-FOR-MONEY
A whole roasted turkey during the festive seasons doesn’t come cheap. If you are after one that’s reasonably priced and delicious this Christmas, look no further than your neighbourhood supermarkets. Cold Storage has a few roast turkey flavours to offer. Our favourite is their new rosemary crusted roast turkey with sage and onion stuffing, served with cranberry and apple relish. This delicious whole turkey is marinated with rosemary herb and roasted to succulent tenderness. What’s more, it’s halal so your Muslim guests get to savour this yummy bird too.
Price: $59.90 (3.6-4.5kg); Serves 4-6 persons
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