Truth be told, the time-honoured roast combos for Christmas is getting old. Just like the log cake, the stuffed turkeys and roast beef have become conventional pieces to the picture-perfect dining table.
But what’s the fun in getting something typical for the festive season when there are other options to pick from? Hotels and restaurants are drawing up interesting and delicious highlights for more varied Christmas takeaways.
Think more decadent renditions on turkeys or — if you feel like pardoning one this season — Chinese-inspired roasts as the main highlight for your gourmet party. We round up the most interesting options and we promise: Blue turkeys are not on this list.
Festive pork knuckle with dried chilli and peppercorn
The fiery flavours of Sichuan cuisine have captured Singaporean taste buds and if you’re up to turning up the heat this Christmas, Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant’s Christmas takeaway special is just the thing. The restaurant is known for staying faithful to the region’s spice levels and is taking the same route with its pork knuckle offering. A whole knuckle is marinated in dried chilli, deep fried and showered with more chilli and peppercorns for an extra kick. Get tissue boxes ready, you’ll work up a mind-numbing sweat with this one.
Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant, 7500 Beach Rd, Singapore 199591, PARKROYAL Serviced Suites Singapore, Singapore 238801, +65 6505 5722
Chinese-style Roasted Christmas Goose
Roast goose is a rare find in Singapore, though that may be a thing of the past once AVA approves importing of the fowl soon (we’re crossing our fingers). In the meantime, Mandarin Oriental has gotten their hands on some. The bird is roasted ‘Chinese-style’ to a glistening crispy golden-brown, but it takes on a Christmas-y twist: with apple and chestnut stuffing, and sides of roasted Brussels sprouts, roasted potatoes and festive vegetables.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, +65 6338 0066
Ohmi Wagyu Roast Beef
Nothing says luxury quite like a chuck of Ohmi Wagyu beef that’s roasted till medium rare. Ohmi is considered Japan’s top Wagyu, alongside the better known Kobe and Matsuzaka beef. Japanese steakhouse and grill Renga-ya simply marinates the beef in rice wine, oven-roasts and sous-vides it till juicy. The wagyu comes pre-sliced and served with a rich yuzu kosho sauce. The Ohmi Wagyu roast is offered as part of a takeaway package with items like Wagyu shepherd’s pie, deep-fried chicken skin and honey-baked ham.
Renga-ya, 30 Victoria Street, #01-11/12, Chijmes, Singapore 187996, +6352 1966
Cantonese Roasted Duck
Roasted duck certainly isn’t the most Christmas-y option on this list, but if you’re looking for a more traditional Chinese touch for the festivities, you’ll want to keep this in mind. Hai Tien Lo’s signature roast duck is now made available as part of Pan Pacific Singapore’s takeaway. Each duck is good for eight to 12 servings and comes together with plum paste and the restaurant’s special sauce. The hotel also has an Asian-inspired turkey, stuffed with wolfberries, Chinese sausage, dried shrimps.
Hai Tien Lo, 7 Raffles Blvd, Pan Pacific Singapore, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240
Plant-based Whole Celeriac ‘Ham’
We’ve heard a lot about plant-based meats and vegetable-forward dishes this year as the food industry is making strides to go sustainable. If you’re looking to change up the usually meat-driven Christmas feasts, take a wager on this vegan take on ham. Grand Hyatt goes for a whole celeriac, seasoned with an array of festive spices and tarragon mustard. The vegetable is then sous-vide and roasted. There’s also a Christmas loaf packed with nuts, spinach, pumpkin and carrots for something more substantial.
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, +65 6738 1234
The turducken made waves years ago, but we think this version by one-Michelin-star restaurant Saint Pierre will continue making it a popular mainstay. Deboned turkey is first braised at a low temperature and then stuffed with duck, capon, pigeon and foie gras. This 2.5kg beast is also served with black truffle sauce. Good for a hungry party of ten to 12.
Saint Pierre, 1 Fullerton Rd, #02-02B, One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, +65 6438 0887
Claypot Rice Roast Turkey
There’s plenty of unique stuffed turkeys this year, but we think SPRMRKT’s east-meets-west take is one you’ll enjoy thoroughly — stuffing and all. Here, turkey is stuffed to the brim with crispy claypot rice, lap cheong (Chinese waxed sausage), shiitake mushrooms and salted fish before it is roasted. We wouldn’t mind hanging on to leftovers for lunch the next day.
SPRMRKT, 501 Bukit Timah Road, £02-13, Cluny Court, Singapore 259760, +65 9736 4170
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