Turkeys with a cultural twist: This Christmas switch up your festive menu with these Asian offerings

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Blue Jasmine_Roast Turkey Esarn-style. (PHOTO: Blue Jasmine)
Blue Jasmine_Roast Turkey Esarn-style. (PHOTO: Blue Jasmine)

SINGAPORE – Are you tired of the standard festive menu? Some of these F&B restaurants and cafe are serving turkeys with a cultural twist. In addition to your traditional fixings for Christmas dinners like smoked salmon, trifle, roast potatoes and brussel sprouts, some chefs are adding all sorts of Asian twist on the turkey like steaming it or adding Thai sauces.

Blue Jasmine Roast Turkey Esarn-style with Smoked Chilli Sauce

Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine that is located in Park Hotel Farrer Park, is presenting two unique festive meats specially curated and prepared for the upcoming festivities.

The iconic Roast Turkey Esarn-style with Smoked Chilli Sauce (S$100 nett) is made with a twist - marinated in richly aromatic housemade Esarn paste, then twice roasted for a perfect cook and juicy tenderness. For those who prefer a classic, Blue Jasmine's Classic Roast Beef with Pepper Sauce (S$160 nett) marinates an entire ribeye with fragrant spices before roasting to perfection.

Cater to hearty festive appetites with the Festive Roast Turkey Set (S$150 nett; good for four) and Festive Roast Beef Set (S$200 nett; good for four or more). Besides your choice of roast, each set comes with Crabmeat Pineapple Fried Rice stir-fried Thai-style and traditional Thai Mango Sticky Rice.

To celebrate the festivities, Blue Jasmine will be gifting four bottles of Tiger Crystal with any order of the festive roasts or festive roasts sets. Alternatively, simply spend S$100 on Blue Jasmine’s e-store and add the pack of four Tiger Crystals to your cart with no additional charges.

Blue Jasmine Festive Roasts

Orders must be placed at least 3 working days in advance. Orders can be made here.

There is no minimum order for delivery. A S$15 flat delivery fee is applicable for islandwide delivery. There will be no delivery on 24, 25, 31 Dec 2020 and 1 Jan 2021 (only self-pick-up is available).

10 Farrer Park Station Road, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Level 5, Singapore 217564

Tel: +65 6824 8851

Email: hello@bluejasmine.com.sg

Goodwood Hotel ‘Har Cheong’ Turkey

'Har Cheong' Turkey. (PHOTO: Goodwood Hotel)
'Har Cheong' Turkey. (PHOTO: Goodwood Hotel)

Another creative interpretation of the traditional roast turkey includes the Asian-inspired ‘Har Cheong’ Turkey (S$118 nett) with Vegetable Rice accompanied by housemade spicy Thai-style dip and scallion sour cream; shredded Turkey with Leek in Sesame Pockets (S$38); and Crispy ‘Char Siew’ Turkey with Pine Nuts Kataifi (S$38). The scrumptious Mini Turkey Shepherd's Pie with Duo Potato and Cheese Crumble (S$38) is another festive rendition of a classic English dish dreamed up by Goodwood Hotel.

Still curious about the ‘Har Cheong’ Turkey? The new Asian-inspired Christmas turkey draws on the flavours of a well-loved local dish – ‘har cheong gai’ (prawn paste chicken). This festive rendition is steeped in prawn paste over two days and skilfully fried to bring out the flavours. We think this is going to be a hit at the dinner table.

There two Christmas combo sets if you’re looking to enjoy in the comfort of your own home: Local Christmas Combo (S$158 nett; usual à la carte price S$201 nett) and the Traditional Christmas Combo (S$316 nett; usual à la carte price S$398 nett).

Crispy ‘Char Siew’ Turkey with Pine Nuts Kataifi. (PHOTO: Goodwood Hotel)
Crispy ‘Char Siew’ Turkey with Pine Nuts Kataifi. (PHOTO: Goodwood Hotel)

The Local Christmas Combo showcases new Asian-inspired turkey creations such as the ‘Har Cheong’ Turkey and Vegetable Rice with Spicy Thai-style Dip and Scallion Sour Cream (8 turkey pieces; serves 4) and Crispy ‘Char Siew’ Turkey with Pine Nuts Kataifi (8 pieces), accompanied by 10 pieces of the signature D24 Durian Puff.

For revellers who prefer classic options, the Traditional Christmas Combo presents a splendid Traditional Christmas Turkey with Stuffing, Giblet Gravy and Cranberry Sauce (serves 8 to 12). Complementing the Christmas celebrations are the Honey-glazed Boneless Ham with Vanilla-pineapple Sauce (serves 4 to 6), and the crowd-pleasing Traditional Christmas Chocolate Log Cake (1kg).

Pre-orders for festive treats can be placed here: https://goodwoodparkfestive.oddle.me

Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Tel: +65 6737 7411

Website: www.goodwoodparkhotel.com

Paul’s White Curry Roast Turkey

White Curry Roast Turkey. (PHOTO: Paul)
White Curry Roast Turkey. (PHOTO: Paul)

The special time of the year has come again and patisserie Paul’s is serving a mouthwatering selection of dinner and party platters for the home or the office. Carve into herbs de provence roast turkey (S$128) that’s almost 4kg and stuffed with cornbread and chestnuts. Accompanying the big bird are roasted vegetables, cranberry jam and gravy full of turkey drippings and black pepper. Pair this with apricot & pear glazed turkey ham (S$78) that’s 1.5kg and best eaten with roast ham gravy.

Here’s an Asian twist to a European tradition – white curry roast turkey (S$128) stuffed with sambal quail eggs. Set the table with blue butterfly pea flower-stained coconut rice, crispy anchovies and peanuts, achar (Asian pickled salad) and white curry gravy that’s a coconut milk base.

The full Christmas menu will be launched online at www.paulsgcatering.com. Items can be ordered over the counter or via the website. Paul is offering free delivery with every minimum spend of S$60 (before taxes and delivery) to one single address.

The Fullerton Hotel Roasted Turkey Sapit

Roasted Turkey Sapit. (PHOTO: The Fullerton Hotel)
Roasted Turkey Sapit. (PHOTO: The Fullerton Hotel)

If you like herbs and spices, you’ll be pleased to know that The Fullerton Hotel is giving the turkey an Asian twist by marinating it with local herbs and spices such as lemongrass, chillies, ginger, cumin and coriander seed for a fiery, uniquely Singaporean touch: the Roasted Turkey Sapit.

Served with fragrant blue pea flower rice, tangy pineapple relish, emping crackers and sweet chilli soy sauce, the hotel is also throwing a complimentary Tiger Crystal four-pack, while stocks last.

The hotel is also whipping up the Traditional Roasted Turkey, a popular choice for the festive table, complete with festive trimmings such as truffle and winter fruit stuffing, brussels sprouts, chicken chipolatas, glazed chestnuts, roasted potatoes, cranberry sauce and giblet sauce.

For enquiries on festive goodies and takeaways, please call +65 6877 8943 or email fullertonshop@fullertonhotels.com.

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