We’re big fans of the indulgent champagne Christmas brunch in Singapore, but sometimes it’s nice to entertain at home. With the lead up to the big day being a flurry of shopping at Christmas markets, pop-ups and bazaars and taking the little ones to sit on Santa’s knee, you might be in the mood for a relaxed home affair. The key to planning a stress-free festive dinner comes down to one word: planning. But before you get cracking on all the Christmas food-shopping and storming the supermarkets, read on for our guide to the best places in Singapore to buy Christmas ham, turkey and all the trimmings.
Psst: We’re doing all the Xmas food shopping for you this year: check out our guide to where to buy Christmas puddings and cakes in Singapore, plus hampers and gourmet goodies for your festive feast!
The Barbie Girls
We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re devotees of The Barbie Girls, purveyors of top-quality, ethically sourced meats. Founder Sasha Conlan’s range of products includes grass fed beef, New Zealand lamb and local fresh chicken (and not of the caged variety). Minimize the typically busiest and most stressful period of the year by ordering online (feet up and cup of tea in hand). Order up a beautiful leg of lamb, crackling roast ham and other top-quality meats for your lavish Christmas dinner. Oh, and pick up one of the divine salmon terrines for an impressive starter – word has it the Queen of England serves it every Xmas!
The Barbie Girls; www.thebarbiegirls.com
For healthy, sustainable and fresh eats, you can’t go past fine food emporium The Fishwives. Order a free-range boneless or whole Christmas ham on the bone ($58/kg, size 5-7kg) for a stunning Christmas centerpiece. Or stock up on whole frozen French turkey ($90) and some obligatory regal gravalax (1kg, $80). Orders can be made online, or visit the lovely bricks and mortar shop in Cluny Court to pick up gourmet chutneys, glazes and sauces to accompany your festive meal.
The Fishwives, #01-04A Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259760, p. 6464 8384; www.thefishwives.com
Kick off the festive season with crowd-pleasing quality meats from Oh Deli. Christmas roasts include a marinated and stuffed turkey ($115, inclusive of veggies for roasting and edible flowers for garnish) and a Waygu Roast Beef with Tasmanian gourmet hot whisky mustard ($150). As for dazzling Christmas hams, order up the boneless raw gammon ham ($125) and smoked ham on the bone ($150). Oh Deli offers next-day delivery, but you can order your hams and turkeys now! Make life easy by picking up a roast vegetable pack, chopped and marinated for you to pop in the oven (you’ll be busy enough as it is come Christmas morning). We’re huge fans of the excellent friendly service from this bunch.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Rd, Singapore 429008; www.ohdeli.com.sg
Cold Storage has come through with the goods – and even better, you can order your Xmas feast online! Carnivores, you might think all your Christmases have come at once: the turkeys are pre-brined to make sure they’re juicy and tender, with options such as the exclusive Burgers’ Smokehouse turkeys in herb-roasted and honey-roasted flavours, or the turkey breast with pistachio and chestnut stuffing. If you’re prone to poultry indecision, the Three Bird Roast will sort you out, with its tasty mixture of turkey, duck and chicken. If you prefer some red meat on your festive table, check out the rich and delish ribeye roast beef, and the handmade, slow cooked bone-in-ham. Hungry now? Get the full story on getting all your Christmas cooking and catering at sorted at Cold Storage.
Cold Storage, various locations; www.coldstorage.com.sg
DEAN & DELUCA Singapore
Go-to gourmet haven for Manhattanites, DEAN & DELUCA is here in Singapore, and even better, knows how to make your Christmas easy, breezy and delish. We love that with one stroke of your keyboard you can order your entire Christmas feast. Our top picks? A whole 3kg roast turkey with chestnut rosemary stuffing, winter vegetable salad and cranberry sauce ($160), mouthwatering honey baked gammon ham with bubble & squeak, charred asparagus and apple sauce ($140) and roasted boneless lamb leg with jewelled couscous salad, baba ghanoush and yoghurt mint sauce ($160). Great. Now we’re hungry. We might have to invite a bigger crew just so we have an excuse to order it all…
DEAN & DELUCA Singapore, Orchard Central, HillV2 and Far East Square; www.deandeluca.com.sg
The Foodie Market Place
The Foodie Market Place is always a quality and wallet-friendly option, and we hear great things about the picnic bone-in ham (4kg @$15.50 per kg). You’ll also find imported US frozen raw butterball turkey (4.5-8.5kg @$8.50 a kg). If you’re thinking of serving up cheese platters for the guests before the big meal, the store offers a wide range of affordable, international cheese. Love a good bargain. Tip: NETS or cash only (no credit card).
The Foodie Market Place, 225 Outram Road, Singapore 169038; www.facebook.com/FoodieMarketPlace
If you’d prefer to pick up all your Christmas meats in one swoop, head to The Butcher. You’re assured of top quality from this Aussie mob. From raw gammon bone-in leg ham and smoked boneless leg ham to whole turkeys and free range pork rolled loin with crackling, the store’s ample selection of meats will have your festive meal sorted in no time. We’ll be ordering Emmett’s great British ham made from free range pork with no added hormone or antibiotics this year, and some traditional pigs in a blanket, with a range of chutneys and sauces on the side.
The Butcher, Holland Village, Parkway Parade, River Valley and Suntec City Mall; www.thebutcher.com.sg
Named after the founders’ son, who suffers from food intolerances, Ryan’s Grocery is a gourmet butcher and grocery offering quality organic and free-range meats as well as a wide selection of gluten-free and preservative-free goods. Its wide stock of farm-to-plate products (including organic black angus beef $151.20 and roast turkey with mushroom stuffing ($125.10) will guarantee satisfied eaters all around the dining table. You’ll have Christmas lunch all wrapped up with the classic Christmas roast set, which includes roast turkey, pork collar and honey baked ham (9kg for $178.20). Best news yet is that unlike other butchers, they’ve been pre-roasted for ease (just re-heat).
Ryan’s Grocery, 29 Binjai Park, Singapore 589 831; www.ryansgrocery.com
James Butchery & Co.
Tucked away in Pasarbella, our favourite gourmet farmer’s market, James’ Butchery & Co. offers a whole range of gourmet meat selection including beef, pork and poultry. While the downside is that ordering online is not available, you simply can’t go wrong here and the friendly service keeps us coming back. And with loads of great kiddie play zones (including Fidgets, GIM Sports and Centaurs rugby) in the vicinity, you can kill two birds with one stone.
James Butchery & Co. Unit 02K22-K25 PasarBella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road; www.pasarbella.com
Hit up epicurean fave Da Paolo for a fab at-home meal. Its Christmas selection includes deboned roasted free-range turkey stuffed with mushrooms, Italian pork sausage and herbs and served with potatoes, carrots, and cranberry sauce (5kg, $225), roast deboned chicken (2kg, $88), honey baked ham with studded cloves (1kg, $88) and for dessert – get this – an edible wreath made with crispy cornflakes, almonds and pumpkin seeds coated in dark chocolate and raspberries ($27.90). Christmas couldn’t be easier!
Da Paolo, Various locations; www.dapaolo.com.sg/gastronomia
For meats of a cut above the rest, head to Huber’s Butchery, a Swiss-styled premium specialty store which offers directly imported meats and hams and sausages produced in-house. The place is a massive hit with Singapore families owing to its great playground and onsite restaurant. Why not order through the impressive Christmas specialist website and head down in person for a play and collect? The butchers have painstakingly prepped all meats from turkeys, to stuffing and chipolatas, ducks and geese, hams, beef, veal, pork and venison to make this Christmas one to remember. Competitive pricing too.
Huber’s Butchery, 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679; www.hubers.com.sg
One of Singapore’s premium butchers, Swiss Butchery is well regarded not only for its top-grade meats but thoughtful advice it provides to its customers as well. You’ll be sure to wow your guests with this stellar spread. Select from an extensive catalogue of meats and poultry, and order up marinades, seasonings and sauces to make Christmas cooking an absolute cinch.
Swiss Butchery, Outlets in Greenwood Avenue, Tanglin Road and Jones the Grocer in Dempsey Hill; www.swissbutchery.com.sg
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
If you want to experience the luxury of dining at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore from the comfort of your own pad, order your Christmas lunch lock-stock-and-barrel from this five star establishment. Highlights include the honey glazed Champagne ham ($286.78), lemongrass flavoured rendang spiced turkey ($179.76), and roast waygu beef with natural jus and condiments ($415.16). Your guests will thank you for splashing the extra cash. Psst: the desserts are just as decadent…
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore, 049178; www.shop.fullertonhotel.com