Turkey has gotten an Asian makeover, with many restaurant owners and chefs spicing up the traditional Christmas food with local ingredients. Flavours range from laksa and Szechuan to nasi lemak and buah keluak. Even side dishes and condiments have an Asian spin, with ketupat, glutinous rice, achar or chap chye thrown into the mix.
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
What: The hotel’s popular tandoori turkey ($117.70, for up to 10 people) is served with masala potatoes. Another option is the Holiday Szechuan Turkey ($107, for up to 10 people), infused with chilli oil, Sichuan peppercorns and vinegar.
Where: Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, 11 Cavenagh Road
When: Until Dec 25, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6733-8333 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What: The tandoori roasted turkey ($138+, or $118+ without stuffing, for six to eight people) is marinated for 24 hours with Rang Mahal’s special blend of herbs and spices. It is stuffed with Kashmiri morel mushroom biryani and served with turkey reduction rogan gravy.
Where: Rang Mahal, Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
When: Dec 11 to Jan 1, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6333-1788 or e-mail email@example.com
What: North Indian restaurant Shahi Maharani’s tandoori turkeys are marinated overnight with spices, rose water and mint leaves. Each bird weighs about 4kg and is for up to eight people. The Shahi Tandoori Turkey ($125+) is served with makhni sauce, mint yogurt sauce or tomato chutney. The other version ($145+) is stuffed with minced meat biryani. The restaurant also sells whole tandoori chicken ($65+) and a stuffed tandoori chicken ($85+) with minced meat biryani.
Where: Shahi Maharani, 03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road
When: Until Jan 1, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6235-8840 or order online at www.shahimaharani.com
The Song of India
What: One-Michelin-starred The Song Of India features tandoori turkey stuffed with morel biryani ($136). Or get the whole tandoori capon with morel biryani ($68, good for four people). The restaurant also has a Christmas hamper ($248) which includes the stuffed tandoori turkey, spiced nuts, masala puff pastries and artisan chocolates.
Where: The Song Of India, 33 Scotts Road
When: Until Dec 26, order three days in advance
What: Spice up your Christmas with One Farrer Hotel & Spa’s Szechuan Spices Salt Crusted Turkey, specially created for The Straits Times readers. Pick either the Szechuan Turkey with brandy-infused fruit cake bundle ($188 nett) or the same bundle complete with an ST Wine festive picks package of two bottles of wine ($318 nett). Self-collection only.
Where: One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road
When: Order by Dec 11 for self-collection on Dec 15 to 17 or by Dec 18 for self-collection on Dec 22 to 24
Info: Order at stwine.sg/gourmet
Pineapple-Satay Roasted Turkey
What: Peony Jade’s Pineapple- Satay Roasted Turkey ($168+) is rubbed three times with satay sauce and blended pineapple sauce and accompanied by ketupat, onion, cucumber and pineapple. The turkey is also part of the Christmas Glee Party Set ($338), which includes Cantonese-style baked char siew ham and 20 sticks of satay.
The Bib Gourmand-rated restaurant also reprises some hot favourites – the nasi lemak sambal chilli roasted turkey ($168+), with coconut-infused basmati rice, anchovies, sambal boiled eggs and peanuts; and Kum Heong roasted turkey ($168+), served with stir- fried sambal snake beans and 12 pieces of mini buns stuffed with pickled onions and vegetables. The turkeys are also available for dine-in, pre-order required.
Where: Peony Jade, Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road
When: Until Jan 1, order three days in advance by Dec 19, 5pm. Last day of collection is on Jan 1, from 11.30am to 6pm (weekdays), 10.30am to 5pm (weekends and public holidays)
Info: Call 6276-9138 (for turkey orders). For Christmas Glee Party Set, call 8748-4687/9181-8467 or e-mail hanrobert@ quaysidedining.com
Buah Keluak Turkey
What: The turkey ($148) is marinated with a buah keluak paste, served with chestnut and mushroom glutinous rice, as well as chap chye and buah keluak sauce.
Where: Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Boulevard
When: Until Dec 26, 7.30am to 7.30pm (weekdays), 10am to 7.30pm (weekends and public holidays), order three days in advance
Info: Call 6845-1066 or e-mail cafemocha.marina@meritus hotels.com
Salt Baked Laksa Turkey
What: The bird is first rubbed with laksa paste and stuffed with local herbs and spices, then slow-cooked in a salt-baked crust for four hours. It is part of the Star Christmas Package ($388), which includes a barbecued meat platter, a prawn platter and mango pudding with mango coulis, pomelo and sago.
Where: Atrium Restaurant, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium,
317 Outram Road
When: Until Dec 27, noon to 8pm daily
Assam Curry Turkey Breast and Turkey Roulade Lo Mai Kai
What: Baba Chews’ takeaway menu pays homage to Katong’s Peranakan influences. The Turkey Breast “Assam Curry” ($78+) features slowbaked turkey breast (2kg) in tamarind, rempah and curry sauce. Its Turkey Roulade “Lo Mai Kai” ($58+, right) is stuffed with turkey breast meat, carrots, dried shrimp, mushroom, and lup cheong – all wrapped in a crispy beancurd skin. It is served with glutinous rice.
Where: Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, 01-01 Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road
When: Until Dec 25, 11am to 7pm daily, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6723-2025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Besides classic turkeys, Capella is offering a rendang turkey ($128+) where the bird is cooked in coconut milk and Asian spices. The Turkey Medley packages (from $188+)include a choice of turkey, roasted vegetables, pumpkin soup, stollen and panettone.
Where: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa
When: Until Dec 24, last day of order on Dec 21, 5pm, order three days in advance. Last day for self-collection or delivery is Dec 25, before 5pm
Info: Call 6591-5089 or e-mail email@example.com
Peranakan Roasted Turkey
What: Pan Pacific Singapore offers a Peranakan Roasted Turkey served with nasi kunyit (turmeric rice). The turkey is also part of a Heritage Christmas Bundle ($268), which includes Nonya popiah with minced turkey and chendol logcake.
Where: Pacific Marketplace, Level 1 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard
When: Until Dec 26, 11.30am to 9pm daily
Photo: Goodwood Park Hotel
What: Go “Around the World in ‘Turkey’ Days” with the Goodwood Park Hotel’s new deluxe platter ($128, for six people), which showcases turkey sriracha, turkey bulgogi puff, turkey gyoza and turkey shepherd’s pie.
Where: The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road
When: Until Dec 26, 9am to 9pm daily, order by Dec 19, 2pm
Nasi Lemak Turkey
What: The Fullerton Hotel’s nasi lemak turkey ($178) has skin crisped with ikan bilis and comes with coconut-scented rice, onion sambal, egg and cucumbers.
Where: The Fullerton Cake Boutique, The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square; and The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay
When: Until Dec 31, order three days in advance
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What: Sheraton Towers’ turkey selection includes an oven-roasted turkey ($228) infused with lemongrass and Indonesian sweet soya sauce (kecap manis), served with nasi goreng stuffing and sambal roasted potatoes.
Where: Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel, 39 Scotts Road
When: Until Dec 25, 11am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6839-5636/6839-5621 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was originally published in The Straits Times.