Forget about turkey and log cakes this Christmas. Spice up the party with some sushi “cake”, London roasted duck and gammon ham with char siew sauce! These are just some innovative and unusual festive goodies to serve at your next sparkling soiree or office potluck party. Read on to find out what else will take your shindig from drab to fab:
1. Gammon Ham With Char Siu Sauce
What: For Christmas with an Asian spin, the Bib Gourmand-rated Peony Jade restaurant has a caramelised boneless gammon ham infused with char siew sauce ($185+, add 10 per cent service charge for dine-in).
Where: Peony Jade at Keppel Club, 10 Bukit Chermin Road
When: Till Jan 2
Info: Call 6276-9138
Photo: Peony Jade
2. Percik Turkey
What: Hotel Jen offers two styles of turkey – Western and Asian. The Asian “percik-style” roasted turkey ($198) comes with Sri Lankan crab claws in chilli crab sauce, Asian festive stuffing (with minced pork, onion, ginger, garlic and dried apricot), roasted root vegetables and brussel sprouts, and golden crabmeat fried rice. The traditional Western-style turkey ($198) includes mixed meat with apple and chestnut stuffing, braised red cabbage, maple-glazed chestnuts and roasted root vegetables. The portions are good for up to 12 people.
Where: Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, 1A Cuscaden Road
When: Till Dec 31, order two days in advance
Info: Call 6831-4374 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Hotel Jen Singapore
3. Porchetta Sandwich
What: Park Bench Deli, known for its gourmet sandwiches, has rolled out two new options for the season. The porchetta sandwich ($18) is not to be missed. The pork belly is rubbed with a fennel-based marinade and slow-roasted. The sandwich is filled with the meat and crackling, along with caramelised onions, arugula and house-made roasted garlic sriracha mayonnaise. The other option is Hot Butter Ball ($18), a take on the classic Thanksgiving staple with slow-cooked turkey, house-made brown butter and truffle gravy, and cranberry fruit preserve.
Where: Park Bench Deli, 179 Telok Ayer Street
When: Till Dec 30, 10.30am to 4pm (Mondays to Saturdays), 5 to 9.30pm (weekdays), closed on Sundays and from Dec 24 to 26
Info: Call 6815-4600 or order at order.parkbenchdeli.com
Photo: Park Bench Deli
4. Roast Beef Sirloin
What: For halal-certified food takeaways, head to Le Steak. Highlights include the roast beef sirloin ($45 for 1kg, for six to eight people) with seasonal vegetables and roasted potatoes; and traditional roast turkey ($99, for eight to 12 people) with cranberry sauce, roasted potatoes and mixed greens.
Where: Le Steak outlets at 248 Jalan Kayu and 19/21/23 Mackenzie Road
When: Till Dec 20
Info: Call 6556-3588 (Jalan Kayu) or 6238-0609 (Mackenzie Road), or e-mail email@example.com
Photo: Le Steak
5. Roasted London Duck
What: Check out Mandarin Orchard Singapore’s roasted London duck with Chinese herbs ($85 for 2.8kg). Other new items include sushi platters ($98 or $138), oven-roasted Berkshire pork rack with yuzu-Himalayan salt crust ($230) and roasted sakura chicken with konbu-soya glaze ($75).
Where: Coffee & Crust, Level 5 or Festive Booth, Level 1 Lobby, Mandarin Orchard Singapore, 333 Orchard Road
When: Until Dec 31, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6831-6272/6320 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Meritus Mandarin Singapore
6. Salt-Encrusted Turkey
What: Nobody wants dry turkey for Christmas, so go for One Farrer Hotel & Spa’s salt-encrusted turkey ($160 for 6kg), where the salt seals in the juices and keeps the meat moist. The bird is marinated with thyme and oregano and served with chestnut herb stuffing, roasted potatoes, vegetables, cranberry compote and pan gravy.
Where: Origins of Food, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, 1 Farrer Park Station Road
When: Till Dec 25, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6705-7825 or e-mail email@example.com
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Photo: One Farrer Hotel & Spa
7. Sandwich Cake
What: For an unusual savoury cake, try pastry chain Antoinette’s Hivernette ($75) – a fancy sandwich “cake”. It has four layers of house-baked country bread drizzled with olive oil and spread with mustard butter and tomato jam. Good for a Christmas picnic too.
Where: Antoinette’s three outlets at 30 Penhas Road; 02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road; and Sofitel So Singapore, 35 Robinson Road
When: Till Dec 25, order three days in advance
8. Tandoori Turkey
What: Spice up your Christmas feast with Punjab Grill’s Indian-style tandoori whole turkey ($120+) and tandoori stuffed Turkey with masala gucchi biryani ($149+), where the turkey is marinated with yogurt and Indian spices, and stuffed with truffle rice.
Where: Punjab Grill, B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
When: Thursday to Dec 31, order two days in advance
Info: Call 6688-7395 or go to punjabgrill.com.sg
Photo: Punjab Grill
9. Sushi Cake
What: If sweet cakes are too mainstream for you, get a sushi cake instead. Pick from two sizes – regular ($60++, for eight to 10 people) or party ($110++, for 16 to 20 people). The cake comes topped with ikura, maguro, salmon, mekajiki (swordfish), ika (squid), amaebi (sweet shrimp), hotate, tobiko, crab stick and spicy tuna.
Where: Oceans of Seafood, 02-06 PasarBella @ The Grandstand Bukit Timah, 200 Turf Club Road
When: Till Dec 23, order one day in advance
Info: Call 6466-1005
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Photo: Oceans of Seafood
10. Balinese Roasted Turkey
What: For something exotic, Marina Mandarin Singapore has a Balinese Roasted Turkey ($148+for 5kg), which is marinated in bumbu genep (Balinese spice mix) glutinous rice and wrapped in banana leaves. It is served with a house-made tomato chilli dip.
Where: Cafe Mocha, Lobby Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard
When: Till Dec 25, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6845-1066, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or order at marinamandarin.com.sg/dining
Photo: Marina Mandarin
11. Citrus Twist
What: Gourmet Carousel’s selection of festive log cakes includes Citrus Twist, which is made with mango and passion fruit Jivara chocolate mousse layered with rich chocolate macadamia sponge; Cherry Royale, with Pur Caraibe chocolate mousse, black cherry mascarpone cremeux and moist chocolate sponge with royaltine; and Litchi-licious, with lychee mousse and chestnut cremeux. Each logcake is priced at $62 (800g).
Where: Gourmet Carousel, Lobby, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road
When: Till Dec 25, 11am to 9pm daily, order three days in advance. Last order on Dec 23, noon.
Info: Call 6589-7788 or e-mail email@example.com
Photo: Royal Plaza on Scotts
What: Pop-up churro brand Loco Loco offers two boxes that are perfect for a fun Christmas party. Box A is priced at $24.90 (add $5 for home delivery) and is enough for four to six people. Box B, for 10 people, costs $59.90. The churro flavours are original, red velvet, pandan and Oreo. Each box comes with chocolate, caramel, gula melaka, white chocolate and cranberry dipping sauces. The cranberry one was created for Christmas.
When: Till Thursday, free pick up at MRT stations
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Photo: Loco Loco
13. Black Forest Freakcake
What: You may have heard of over-the-top freakshakes loaded with toppings such as cookies and cakes. Now, make way for the freakcake. Montana cafe’s White Christmas in the Black Forest ($16.80++, $95++ for 1.5kg cake, pictured) features a cherry brandy liqueur-laden black forest cake with dark chocolate glaze, topped with candy cane, spun sugar crusted with dessicated coconut, and macarons.
Where: Montana, 02-25 PoMo, 1 Selegie Road
When: Till Jan 5, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6334-3137, go to facebook.com/montanasingapore or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Montana Singapore
14. Gula Melaka Log Cake
What: This is a logcake version ($36 for 600g) of Sinpopo’s best-selling original Gula Melaka Cake. The cream, glaze and moist sponge cake are made with palm sugar.
Where: Sinpopo, 458 Joo Chiat Road
When: Till Dec 31, order by 4pm the day before for next-day delivery
Info: Call 6345-5034 or go to www.sinpopo.com
15. Hazelnut Choc With Spice Apple Cake
What: This cake features layers of Valrhona Azelia milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse, with spiced Granny Smith apples that have been stewed with cinnamon and cloves, set on a charcoal biscuit crunch base. The cake ($7.90 a slice, $75 a whole cake) is covered with a dark chocolate glaze, sprinkled with gold dust and decorated with red currants and white chocolate. Best served chilled.
Where: Sunday Folks, 01-52 Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga
When: Till Jan 31, order three days in advance
Photo: Sunday Folks
16. Local Log Cakes Sampler
What: Why have one cake when you can try three? Parkroyal on Pickering hotel offers a special sampler trio ($21) of sliced logcakes with a local twist – pandan coconut; bandung and white chocolate raspberry; and durian gula melaka Yule Log. The log cakes are also available individually in full sizes ($30 for 500g, $58 for 1kg).
Where: Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street
When: Till Dec 25, 10am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6809-8899
Photo: Parkroyal on Pickering
17. Red Velvet Log Cake
What: Deck your festive table with Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s red velvet Yule Log with tart and juicy wild morello cherries soaked in kirsch ($68+). The log cake is covered in a rich cream cheese frosting.
Where: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, Lobby Lounge, 75 Airport Boulevard
When: Until Christmas Day, last day of collection on Dec 26, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6823-5367 or e-mail email@example.com
Photo: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
18. Sourdough Pies
What: Home-grown artisan bakery The Bread Table offers two 10-inch pies (2kg) made with a buttery sourdough cheese crust. The King’s Pie ($74.50, $68 for orders before Thursday) is filled with cherries and raspberries and topped with a crunchy walnut streusel. The Golden Apple Pie ($57.50, $52 for orders before Thursday) is filled with Polish apple chunks and has an almond streusel topping.
Where: The Bread Table’s outlets at 1010 Upper Serangoon Road; Block 46 Telok Blangah Drive, 01-85; and 383 Bukit Timah Road (latter two for collection only)
When: Order three days in advance, last day of collection or delivery on Dec 30
Info: Call 6282-3546 or go to thebreadtable.com
Photo: The Bread Table
19. Sugee Cake
What: For something traditional that is not overly sweet, get the classic sugee cake ($30 or $65, pictured) from Eurasian restaurant Quentin’s. The 1kg nutty cake – made with semolina and almonds – is decorated with marzipan and fondant icing for the season.
Where: Quentin’s, Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road
When: Orders close on Thursday, last day for collection is Dec 25
Info: Call 6348-0327 or go to quentins-eurasian-restaurant.myshopify.com/collections/christmas-goodies
20. Sweet Tartlets
What: For something fuss-free, get the tartlet platter from Patisserie G. There are three flavours: lemon, pistachio cherry and chocolate caramel. It is priced at $75 for 30 pieces. Savoury tart options are available too, as well as a variety of gingerbread cookies, macarons and marshmallows.
Where: Patisserie G, 01-40/41 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard
When: Till Dec 31, order by noon on Dec 24 for same-day collection, closed on Dec 25
Info: Call 6338-7578 or go to patisserie-g.myshopify.com
(Text by Eunice Quek, Straits Times)
Photo: Patisserie G