As much as we love wining and dining all Christmas long, there’s something to be said about a quiet family dinner at home in Singapore. After the flurry of unwrapping presents has ceased and the bickering has settled down, we’re always exhausted, everyone’s still in their jammies and no one feels like serving Christmas lunch. We say, if you’ve made the most fabulous turkey dinner, you’ve done more than your fair share of Christmas preparations. Once the holiday lethargy has sunk in, you can just pop into a delivery app and order some takeaway, or go for another round of festive feasting with these home catering options…
For a feast fit for a king (or a family of hungry munchkins), pile the table with roasted holiday tom turkey with chestnut stuffing, giblet sauce and cranberry relish (4.5kg, $182), gammon ham with cranberry glaze (4.5kg, $129), a roasted rack of lamb with a garlic herb crust and mint jus (1kg, $161) and Café Swiss’ crispy pork knuckle with braised red cabbage, German potato salad and pork gravy (1kg, $41). If that isn’t too much, pile on the veg like brussel sprouts with bacon and herbs ($28) and roasted root vegetables with caramelised chestnut ($28) on the side before tucking into Santa’s Velvet Robe, a decadent red velvet cake with cream cheese ($37).
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton isn’t just offering whole roasted turkeys this year, there’s a whole variety of goodies, from the fragrant Nasi Lemak turkey ($190.46) with an umami ikan bilis crumble and coconut scented-rice on the side to the roasted turducken ($233.26), a tri-poultry wonder of a chicken in a duck in a turkey. Purists can opt for the juicy whole roasted turkey ($201.16) marinated with paprika and thyme and slow-roasted for four hours, while those looking for an easy family lunch can get an easy Beef Wellington ($147.66) wrapped in a crispy puff pastry and served with three different types of mustard with a side of seasonal vegetables. How’s that for a Christmas roast?
The Soup Spoon
We never thought you could get a whole turkey, roasted, stuffed and complete with yorkshire pudding from The Soup Spoon but as it turns out, there’s a whole feast available. Other than the must-have turkey centrepiece, each festive set comes with delicious sides like meatballs in wild mushroom sauce, spinach pumpkin lasagna, Christmas pasta salad and of course, five different types of soup. Soup’s up!
Not exactly a hotel buffet but these Christmas party boxes are chock full of festive treats with everything from snacks to dessert for up to 15 people. Whether you fancy a Chicken drizzled in orange gravy or the usual turkey fare with cranberry jus, each box comes with sides like lyonnaise potato, mushroom and ham carbonara or crispy seafood croquettes. Top off the meal with a banana chocolate tart or bittersweet chocolate truffle cake.
The Marmalade Pantry
The humble Christmas dinner is an oxymoron and one you can get delivered right to your doorstep. A main complete with two sides, we’re eyeing the Moroccan roasted boneless lamb leg ($88) or apple baked salmon with lemon ($88). Topped off with the truffle mac and cheese ($20) and broccoli and cauliflower gratin with gruyere cheese ($20), plus the baked lemon meringue tart… food. Coma.
If you’re holding a small gathering, there’s for options mini buffets although you might be stuck having to choose between some delightfully delectable options. Black mussels in garlic sauce or grilled prawn with cocktail sauce, flame-grilled bratwurst in mustard sauce or cajun fried squid? At least there’s no decision involved in the sliced smoked turkey breast garnished with rocket leaves and olives and a traditional shepherd’s pie with lamb filling. Pass the eclairs and cupcakes and there’s a proper Christmas lunch.
For a Christmas dinner with a Singapore twist, try Lavish’s Gourmet Pack with pre-sliced turkey breast and a boneless Sichuan salt and pepper fish fillet, chicken rendang shepherd’s pie and kabocha squash pilaf rice. Work up that appetite with the festive cold cut platter of chicken salami, smoked salmon and duck rilettes and wrap up the meal with a tea and cake all-in-one, Teh Tarik “Siew Dai” (less sugar) log cake ($15).
Take a break from the festivities with a non-traditional Christmas meal… of sushi! We can’t think of any better Christmas alternative than a sharing platter of all sorts of sushi, salmon, maguro (tuna), ebi (eel), ikura, hokkigai (surf clams) and even turkey ham. And when the platter’s topped with a special salmon flower? It’s sure to be a Merry Fish-mas.
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