6 Of The Best Christmas Turkeys For 2017
Traditional roasted turkey
Hankering for a traditional Christmas? You can’t go wrong with Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s traditional roasted turkey. The painstaking preparation method includes massaging the bird with Cajun spices in a secret marinade for 18 hours, and cooking it at a low temperature until the skin is golden brown, and the meat is aromatic and fork-tender. Extra indulgence comes in the form of chestnuts and bread stuffing, as well the freshly-made cranberry sauce for a sweet lift.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, S(248646), 6734 1110
Nasi lemak turkey
Fans of nasi lemak won’t be able to resist this offering from The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. The bird is first marinated overnight in a savoury concoction of dried chillies, kaffir lime leaves, shallots and lemongrass to infuse flavours to the core, and then roasted for a juicy, mouth-watering finish. Crushed ikan bilis and roasted peanuts are sprinkled onto the delectable skin for added crunch, and the bird is served with all the delicious trimmings, house-made onion sambal included.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, S(049178), 6733 8388
Peranakan roasted turkey
It is no surprise that Pan Pacific Singapore’s chef Nancy Teo, who specialises in Peranakan fare, has come up with a Peranakan roasted turkey for Christmas. She uses ingredients such as lemongrass, garlic, turmeric, lime and galangal to enhance its taste. Chilli is added to give the turkey a spicy kick, which is then roasted to yield a golden-brown skin and succulent flesh. Sides are given a local twist, too, so you will enjoy the bird with the fragrant nasi kunyit (turmeric rice) and pickled vegetables.
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard ,S(039595) , 6336 8111
Chilli crab roast turkey
The chefs at Hotel Fort Canning Singapore pander to Singaporeans’ love for chilli crab and turkey with this sumptuous creation. The bird is marinated for 12 hours in a rich crab stock made with mud crabs, flower crabs and a mix of local spices, before it is slow-roasted to achieve a firm skin and moist meat. You first taste the sweetness from the crabs, then the juiciness of the meat, with just enough heat to leave a lasting impression.
Hotel Fort Canning Singapore, 11 Canning Walk, S(178881), 6559 6769
Asian salt spiced turkey with mandarin jus
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel adds a dash of Asian flavour to its turkey. To create this special treat, the chefs soak the poultry in a mixture of herbs and spices including star anise, cinnamon, cloves and Sichuan pepper until the flavours are fully absorbed in the meat. The turkey is glazed generously with honey, before it is cooked to tender perfection. It comes with mandarin jus, which gives the meat a citrusy punch.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Rd, S(238865), 6735 5800
Baked turkey with eight treasure stuffing, served with trio sauce
How about a Chinese-inspired turkey? Peach Garden has the answer with this version similar to the classic Eight Treasure duck dish. It’s packed with a medley of ingredients including meat, gingko, sweet corn and mushrooms, before it’s baked to golden brown perfection. Served with a generous side of vegetables, as well as a trio of mushroom, black pepper & Szechuan sauce.
Peach Garden, 65 Chulia Street, 33-01, OCBC Centre, S(049513), 6535 7833