Tasty turkeys with a local twist

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It's Christmas again, and that means the year's best excuse to swallow down an extravagant feast. TOS rounds up the tastiest turkeys with a local twist, and festive sweets and sides bound to impress

First published on 3 Dec 2010. Updated on 22 Dec 2010.

Goodwood Park Hotel

Returning for the second year to the Grand Dame is the aromatic Hainanese turkey with chicken rice balls ($188 for 12 to 18 people) – think turkey simmered in chicken stock with spring onions, pandan leaves, ginger and garlic. This hands-on dish is accompanied by the new baked boneless turkey stuffed with springy Shanghai noodles, shredded pork and cabbage ($128 for eight to ten people). Until 26 Dec; last takeaway order 23 Dec. Goodwood Park, 22 Scotts Rd (6730 1867, www.goodwoodparkhotel.com).

 

Café Brio

Start the season’s nourishment with the herbal turkey soup at Café Brio’s Christmas lunch buffet; slow-boiled for three hours with ginseng, wolfberries, dates and angelica, this clear soup is filled with the goodness of Chinese herbs and plump turkey. Afterwards, take home the mousse cake baked with bird’s nest jelly and osmanthus ($168 for 1kg). Lobby, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, 392 Havelock Rd (6233 1100, www.grandcopthorne.com.sg). Take a taxi. $78++ to $108++.

Café Noel

Last year’s turkey done four ways ($480+ for 5kg) returns alongside new offerings of a turkey dim sum spread (turkey in xiao long bao – soup dumplings – as well as char siew buns, $150+ for six people) and turkey ‘la Peranakan’ pork cooked with buah keluak, chestnuts and kaffir lime leaves, then stuffed in a whole boneless turkey ($280). Takeaway available. 19 Nov-26 Dec. Level 3, Fairmont, 80 Bras Basah Rd (6338 8785, www.fsfestiveorders.com).

Carousel

The roasted Indo Spiced Turkey is a 4.5kg to 5.5kg bird garnished with nasi kunyit (turmeric rice), otah-otah (spicy fish cake) stuffing and curry vegetables with sambal belachan, a spicy sauce made with the Asian flavour staple – fermented prawn paste. 1-25 Dec. Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts. 19 Nov-26 Dec. $98++.

Ellenborough Market Café

The Black Nut Rempah Turkey, also known as the Buah Keluak Turkey, is the ayam belanda (Malay for turkey) stuffed with glutinous rice wrapped in lotus leaf, doused with the rich and pungent buah keluak gravy. Also available for takeaway ($128); last order by noon on 22 December. 17 Dec-2 Jan. Lobby level, Swissôtel Merchant Court, 20 Merchant Rd (6239 1848, www.swissotel.com/singapore-merchantcourt). Clarke Quay. Adult $48++ to $64++, child $19++ to $32++.

Peach Blossoms

The centrepiece of chef Aw Yeong Kin’s Christmas offerings is the nourishing Fortune Herbal Turkey. Marinated in ginseng, tong sum (a root that benefits the lungs and spleen) and dong quai (another root, good for combating fatigue and high blood pressure), the Chinese-style turkey is served with a mushroom stuffing and seasonal vegetables. Also available for takeaway ($128++); last order on 22 December. Until 25 Dec. Marina Mandarin, 6 Raffles Blvd (6845 1111, www.meritus-hotels.com).

Spices Cafe

This Peranakan stalwart brings back the Turkey Sio for this year’s Christmas Eve lunch. Inspired by the Itek (‘duck’ in Malay) Sio, a 2.5kg turkey is marinated in a sauce of preserved soy beans, ground coriander, sweet soy sauce, blended fried red onions, black pepper, sugar and tamarind paste before it is baked. The slightly sweet and sour Sio sauce is served alongside the bird. 24 Dec. Concorde Hotel, 100 Orchard Rd (6733 8855, www.singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com). Adult $35++, child $18++.

By Celine Asril
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