Gobble gobble, we’re closing in on Christmas and all the feasting that comes with it. Here’s three takeaway options to take advantage of so you’ll have a very merry (and hassle-free) festive season.
For a Eurasian feast: Folklore
Your grandmother aside, the next best bet for a full-on Eurasian feast lies with chef Damian D’Silva. From 1 to 31 December, Folklore will offer eight classic Eurasian dishes for dine-in and takeaway. Signature dishes like Feng ($30++), a traditional European curry dish of pickled and spiced pig offal will be a surprse addition to any pot-luck dinner.
For something more conventional, opt for the Oxtail Semur ($26++), a full-flavored, caramalised oxtail stew that’s been cooked with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, star anise and shallots. And finally, D’Silva’s signature Debal ($30++) or Curry Devil made with leftover meats (ham, spare ribs, roast pork, bacon bones) is a labour of love that’s impossible to replicate.
Call us biased but this sure beats the usual turkey and trimmings.
700 Beach Road, tel: 6679 2900
For that no-cook Christmas party: Swiss Butchery
You have a beautiful and spotless open-concept kitchen and you’ll like to keep it that way. For when you want to have friends round but don’t want to do the cooking, Swiss Butchery has a list of takeaways that’ll cover most gourmet options.
For parties of four, the Quiet Indulgence Set ($200) is sufficient with caviar, roast chicken, porcini ham, prosecco, pate and a bread basket. For larger gatherings, the Santa’s Dinner ($398) combination of a turkey, roast beef with red wine sauce, apple cinnamon ham, salmon quiche, bread basket and panettone will be adequate.
For standalone dishes, their traditional roast turkeys are priced from $99 and roasted on the day of collection, or if you prefer they’ll just brine one (and include a stuffing, choose from five flavours) for you to take home to self-roast. There’s also four different hams (apple cinnamon, juniper, porcini, walnut) as a complement (from $37) to the overall meal, and for something a little special, order the traditional pork-based Christmas Terrine ($115) in a crisp dough crust.
Last orders by 18 December, 4pm
For the family potluck: Goodwood Park Hotel
When your relatives claims turkey tastes too western but you’re determined to get your gobble on, its better to enlist an expert. Available from 1-26 December at Goodwood Park’s The Deli is the double-baked 12 Treasures Turkey ($268, for 8-10 people). Filled with an Asian style stuffing of roast pork, 24-head abalones, fresh chestnuts, conpoy, lingzhi and shiitake mushrooms, water chestnuts, conch, Euryale seeds, potatoes, lotus seeds and salted egg yolk – the stuffed bird is marinated overnight with soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, ginger, shallots, sugar and spring onion.
After its first bake, it’s wrapped in lotus leaves, cellophane and aluminium and baked for another three hours, and finally served with a vegetarian fried rice – just sell this to old folks as a deluxe lo mai gai.
For extra brownie points, order the Goodwood ‘Mao Shan Wang’ Durian Christmas Log Cake ($69) made with Goodwood D24 durian housed within layers of moist vanilla sponge.
Last orders 19 December, Noon. 22 Scotts Road, tel: 6737 7411