Perhaps more than ever, there will be a greater proportion of families and friends staying-in and celebrating Christmas at home with takeaways or food deliveries this year. Turkeys, ham and log cakes will once again grace dinner tables at home, as these items are practically a must when it comes to the Christmas dinner. For this year, dining establishments have been a bit slow in announcing their Christmas takeaway offerings, perhaps owing to the fluidity of the current situation. Nevertheless, I have tried to compile here what’s available at the moment, with a list of the must-have log cakes, ham and turkeys to order this season. This list of Christmas takeaways for 2020 will be expanded further, subject to new establishments coming live with their festive offerings so do check back regularly!
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Renowned bakery Kele has rolled out 4 limited edition Christmas-themed roll cakes for 2020. This is the first time they have done up new flavors for Christmas. Weighing approximately 450 grams each or around 2.5x their usual roll cakes, these festive treats can feed an entire family. For chocolate fans, the Bailey Valrhona Chocolate Walnut Roll Cake (S$45.9) promises to delight with its rich layer of Valrhona dark chocolate while the Santa’s Embrace (S$43.9) offers that comforting blend of banana and blueberry plus Valrhona chocolate. For those who have tried Kele’s tropical fruit or alcohol-based roll cakes, the Alcoholiday (S$42.9) packs a bit of a punch with its improved version of rum and raisin while the Tropical Christmas (S$43.9) delivers the sweetness of the holiday season with specially curated Williams pear and passionfruit in a roll cake. My personal pick is the latter. Kele typically does its fruit-flavored pastries with a generous amount of the actual fruit and this pear and passionfruit roll cake is no exception. If you are a fan of Kele’s roll cakes like I am, it is definitely worth checking these out as the new flavors will be gone after December.
For those who prefer to DIY their own festive cakes but wish to have all the ingredients conveniently provided to them, Kele has partnered with Amazin’ Grace to offer design-your-own bundles. Each set comes with a bare Christmas roll cake plus the decorative ingredients you need to unleash your creativity,
Dates: Now until 25th December 2020
Order here (use the promo code: WANDEREDHERE for an additional 10% discount)
Shangri-la Hotel Singapore
Log Cake: Festive confectioneries from Shangri-la Hotel Singapore include 2 new log cakes: Mango Passion Toffee Log Cake (S$72) and Cajette de Fraises (S$75). The latter is particularly a must-try. It literally means “crate of strawberries” and the cake is topped by luscious fresh strawberries on a bed of vanilla sponge and honey yogurt mousse. For a decadent chocolate treat, check out the All-Time Favorite Grandma 66% Dark Chocolate Log Cake (SS72).
Festive Takeaway Bundle Set: Origin Grill’s dinner set, which is good for 4 persons, comes with Blueberry and Sage Smoked Duck Breast Salad, Beetroot and Kaffir Cured Salmon, Black Garlic BBQ Angus Short Ribs, Grand Marnier Blueberry Crumble and Mince Pie. This Family Takeaway Set is priced at S$258.
Alternatively, diners can opt for a 5-course Italian Feast (S$238) takeaway set featuring cold cuts, pastas, ribeye steak and a platter of homemade desserts including Panna Cotta and Tiramisu. This set meal is also good for 4 persons.
Order here (10% discount)
Cakes: Festive sweets this year from Fairmont Singapore’s Cafe Noel include the Vanilla Bourbon Tea Yule Log, Strawberry Coulis Compote, Souffle Sponge, Almond Crumble (S$52 / S$80), Grand Cru Chocolate Yule Log, Orange Confiture, Chocolate Cream Genoa Sponge, Cocoa Crunch (S$52 / S$80), Passionfruit Noel Entremets, Passionfruit Confit, Muscovado Ivory Chocolate Cremeux, Gingerbread Spices Moist Sponge (S$52 / S$80), “Pull Apart Yule Tree” Intense Chocolate Tea Cake, Pistachio Raspberry Maramlade Choux Puff (S$120), Christmas Cocoa House Sculpture with Chocolate Brandy Truffle (S$120) and Traditional Christmas Stollen With Sicilian Almond Paste (S$$45). Most of their cakes will come in two sizes – 500 grams and 1kg.
Festive Meal Bundle: With the Family Christmas Bundle ($275), enjoy a variety of traditional holiday dishes like Parma Ham & Honey Melon; Juniper Maple Glazed Ham with Apple Sauce and Sweet Onion Jus; Villi’s Beef Pie Roasted Winter Root Vegetables, Sticky Toffee Pudding, and more. For diners looking for a more upmarket experience, the Decadent Christmas Bundle ($500) includes Prego’s finest selections of homemade antipasti, cheese and charcuterie, Crab & Lobster Mango Ginger Salad, Slow Roasted Turkey With Truffle & Chestnut Stuffing, Roasted Angus Beef Tomahawk, an assortment of hearty side dishes and desserts. Exclusive wine and champagne package ($126) is also available as an add-on with every purchase of a bundle.
Turkey: The Slow Roasted Tom Turkey (S$180) which comes with truffle & chestnut stuffing, madeira Infused giblet sauce and cranberry chutney weighs approximately 4.5 to 5.5kg.
Ham: Choose from either the Juniper Maple Glazed Ham (S$50) with apple sauce and sweet onion jus or the Glazed Gammon Ham (S$175) with cherry, cinnamon and cherry Brandy Jus.
Order here (free islandwide delivery of Christmas takeaway items with minimum order of S$50)
Log Cake: Midnight Yule (S$58 for 1kg) features the new Dark Chocolate Peppermint ice cream flavour in a cake aptly resembling a tree log, while Confetti Fireplace (S$19.80 for 350g) finds the all-new Cereal ice cream coated with chocolate ganache and topped with chocolate ‘firewood’. Also not to be missed are two log cake creations starring the crowd favourite Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream. Santa Is Coming (S$68, 1kg) is packed with luscious chocolatey goodness and comes dressed in a shiny red glaze and an edible topper featuring Santa Claus. The Sticky Chewy Log (S$19.80 for 350g), finished with chocolate ganache is great for a small gathering or as part of a dessert selection.
Other Christmas Cakes: Other cakes include Santa’s Secret (S$42 for 500g) that pairs Rocky Road and Salted Butterscotch Crumble in a cheery red log cake topped with glitter-dusted chocolate discs. The innovative Christmas My Way (S$42 for 500g) – is a ‘Decorate-It-Yourself’ (DIY) cake which comes with four Christmas cake toppers as well as the Frozen-themed Frozen Adventure (S$68 for 1kg).
Ice Cream: One for every joyous day, Swensen’s 12 Sundaes of Christmas features new holiday-exclusive flavors – Dark Chocolate Peppermint; Cereal and Basil Lime. These flavors are also available in 473ml pints.
Dates: Now until 30th December 2020
Order here (10% off & free islandwide delivery for orders above S$50)
Montreux Patisserie started out as a home-grown bakery along East Coast Road and was founded by Chef Lee Lay, an award-winning chef. For Christmas 2020, they have several types of festive cakes, ranging from log cakes, gateaus and even a star-shaped cheesecake. Special flavors this year include the Tanariva Raspberry Log Cake (S$60), Dulce Yuzu Log Cake (S$60) and my favorite – Soursop Lychee Log Cake (S$60) which has a delightful blend of sour and sweet. Their cakes are also halal-certified.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza
Log Cake: Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza rolls out three new log cake flavors with the Pistachio Mango Log Cake (S$68), Strawberry Champange Buche de Noel Log Cake (S$68) and Coffee Mascarpone Buche de Noel Log Cake (S$68). These log cakes all weigh 1kg each with the Pistachio Mango Log Cake specifically graced with tiny Christmas decor for a truly festive feel.
Turkey: Two ham variants will be made available for Christmas this year including the Roasted Tea Smoked Turkey with Assorted Roasted Root Vegetables & Old-Fashioned Giblet Gravy (S$198) and the Traditional Whole Roast Turkey with Chestnuts, Foie Gras Stuffing, Cranberry & Port Wine Sauce ($188). Both weigh between 4.5 to 5kg.
Ham: The hotel will once again offer its bestseller, the Honey & Clove Glazed Ham with Cinnamon Pineapple Sauce. The ham will come in both bone-in (S$248) and boneless (S$168) variants.
Order here (25% early bird discount)
Log Cake: Peach Garden has two types of log cakes this year. First is the Chocolate Marquise Yule Log (S$72.76) – a luxuriously rich milk chocolate marquise cake that is coated with a generous layer of chocolate ganache and well-balanced with a combination of dark and milk chocolate. The second is the Vanilla Yule Log (S$72.76), a creamy and moist log cake coated with buttercream.
Festive Meal Bundle: Fusion is the main theme of Peach Garden’s festive set meal this year. Their Festive Party Pack (S$288) includes hearty classics such as Garlic Baked Turkey stuffed with Penne & Cheese accompanied by a Medley of Vegetables & Black Pepper / Mushroom / Mala Sauces (approx. 3 – 4.5kg), a comforting Lobster with Radish Soup and a luxurious Chocolate Marquise
Yule Log (1 kg).
Dates: Now until 25th December 2020
Order here (free islandwide food delivery with minimum S$50 order)
Sheraton Towers Singapore
Cakes: Those with a sweet tooth can choose from the new addition Velvet Santa Hat (S$75), an alcohol-enriched creation comprising Bacardi mousse, strawberry marmalade, vanilla sponge and chestnut financier, or the tropical Jovial Giftbox (S$85), boasting pineapple verbena mousse, almond & walnut dacquoise with candied lemon jelly.
Turkey: Bound to be the centerpiece of any festive feast, the new Masak Merah Roasted Turkey (S$198 for 5kg) is Executive Chef Eric Cheam’s Asian twist to the Christmas classic. The turkey is infused with spicy tomato sauce for 48 hours before being slow-roasted for 2.5 hours and served with tomato fried rice, sautéed Brussels sprout with sambal hijau (green chilli) and begedil (fried potato patty).
Ham: For a slight twist to the honeyed ham that usually marks the festive season, Sheraton Towers Singapore also has a floral infusion in the form of Lavender Honey-Glazed Semi Bone-In Gammon Ham (S$268).
Dates: 10th to 25th December 2020 (pre-orders available now)
Order here (15% discount)
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Log Cake: For a traditional take, check out the Fullerton Ondeh Ondeh Lamington Yule Log (S$69) with Gula Melaka mousse and coconut crème with shredded coconut layered between pandan chiffon sponge cake.
Turkey: The Roasted Turkey Sapit (S$208) is marinated with local herbs and spices such as lemongrass, chilli, ginger, cumin and coriander seed for a distinctly Singaporean twist to the Christmas turkey. It comes with fragrant blue pea flower rice, tangy pineapple relish, emping crackers and sweet chilli soy sauce. Each order will also come with a Tiger Crystal 4-pack, while stocks last.
Ham: Fullerton Hotel’s Honey-Glazed Champagne Ham (S$298) is a festive favorite paired with winter fruit compote, roasted butternut squash, braised endives, caramelized pineapple, granny smith apple sauce and truffle jus.
Dates: 11th November to 27th December 2020
Log Cake: Gin Thye is currently offering a Mao Shan Wang Durian Ice Cream Christmas Log Cake (S$52). Made with real Mao Shan Wang durian pulp, the cake is also topped by 4 mini Christmas decorations. The ice cream that comes in the filling is made in Italian gelato-style. Other new flavors from Gin Thye this year include the Orange Peel Chocolate Brownie Christmas Log Cake (from S$29.90) and Lychee Martini Alcohol Christmas Log Cake (S$34.90) which likewise come with 4 pieces of mini Christmas decor.
Order here (free islandwide delivery of cakes for orders of S$50 and above)
Log Cake: InterContinental Singapore has one of the most extensive variety of log cakes this season with 4 kinds. Flavors range from chocolate-y to fruity and even tea-based. The Mont Blanc Log Cake (S$120 for 1kg) comes with chestnut sponge, pear yuzu cremeux and candied chestnuts while the Matcha Kinako Sweet Potato (S$120 for 1kg) combines the unmistakeable aroma of green tea with the earthy sweetness of the root crop.
Turkey: There will be two types of turkey offered by the property this year. The USA Traditional Roasted Turkey (S$148 for 5kg) leaves no surprises with its age-old method of preparation. For something with a slight twist, the Winter Truffle Roasted Turkey (S$168 for 5kg) comes with the fragrance of truffles as well as winter vegetables as the side.
Dates: 23rd November to 25th December 2020
Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Log Cake: Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre will be offering a couple of log cakes including the Valrhona Ivoire Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Cremeaux Yule Log (S$75) and Matcha and Kinako Sweet Potao Yule Log (S$75). The latter is notable for having a variety of nutritious ingredients such as matcha and sweet potato but its highlight could be its unseen ingredient, the “kinako” which is a fragrant roasted soybean full of protein and Vitamin B.
Turkey: The centerpiece of the Christmas feast from Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre in 2020 is the Turkey Panggang (S$130). This promises to be a most savory bird with ingredients inspired by neighboring Southeast Asian countries. Think: coconuts, coriander, galangal, ginger, lemongrass and even a touch of gula melaka to enhance the succulence and fragrance of the turkey. The bird will come with grilled vegetables as well as a side of cranberry sauce. Alternatively, the property will also be offering its annual bestseller, the Tandoori Turkey (S$130), grilled with the smokey flavors of the Indian subcontinent, for Christmas takeaway in 2020.
Dates: 15th November 2020 to 22nd December 2020
Order by calling +65 6733 8333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Conrad Centennial Singapore
- Strawberry Santa Claus Yule Log – This log cake celebrates strawberries. This stylized yule log consists of light Cheese Mousse, Strawberry Compôte and Vanila Crumble.
- Snowman Panettone Yule Log (contains alcohol) – This yule log consists of a Panettone Almond Sponge, Chestnut Cream, Vanilla Mousse and a luxurious Ganache.
- Chocolate Santa Sleigh Yule Log – This yule log consists of Sacher Sponge, Chocolate Ganache, Praline mousse and a “secret ingredient” to give it a special crunch.
The log cakes weigh 1kg and are priced at S$75 each.
Afternoon Tea: Conrad Centennial Singapore will continue to offers its afternoon tea for takeaway, this time with a festive edition featuring the likes of Scottish Smoked Salmon Rillette with Tobiko Tartlet and Beetroot Brioche Asian Crabmeat Rillette, which matches perfectly with our Ronnefeldt teas. Sweeter delights include our signature Royal Hazelnut Crunch Cake in the shape of Santa’s sleigh, with our much missed Stollen. This afternoon tea is priced at S$85.60 and is good for 2 persons.
Dates: 25th November to 31st December 2020
Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Turkey: Winestone’s Traditional Roasted Turkey (S$198) comes with Christmas stuffing, roasted festival vegetables, Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes, mesclun green, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce.
Ham: Winestone is offering the Signature Honey Glazed Gammon Ham (S$198 for 4kg) which is served with roasted festival vegetables, Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes, mesclun green and pineapple raisin sauce.
Seafood: Back by popular demand is the Classic Coulibiac of Salmon (S$248), a fresh piece of salmon stuffed with spinach and oven-baked inside a layer of flaky puff pastry. It is served with roasted festival vegetables, Brussels sprouts, baby potatoes, mesclun green and tarragon beurre blanc.
Dates: 15th November to 31st December 2020
Pan Pacific Singapore
Log Cake: Pan Pacific Singapore will be making available 4 distinctive log cake flavors. These include the Matcha Hazelnut Log Cake (S$68) which has a crunchy feuilletine base, hazelnut sponge and cremeux and matcha mousse with chopped caramelized hazelnuts sprinkled within. For chocolate lovers, there is the Chocolate Caramel Hazelnut Log Cake (S$72) with light dulcey-whipped ganache and a generous topping of hazelnut seasalt caramel sauce. For something fruity, go for the Coco Pineapple Log Cake (S$68) made with pineapple cremeux, caramelized pineapple compote, coconut base and coconut sponge.
Turkey: There will be 2 types of turkeys made available at Pan Pacific Singapore. The first is an antibiotics-free Christmas Turkey (S$175) which comes with goose liver pate stuffing, vegetables, sour cherries and wild mushroom sauce. The Traditional Roasted Turkey (S$165) on the other hand comes with chestnut stuffing, vegetables, giblet gravy and cranberry sauce.
Ham: Pacific Marketplace at Pan Pacific Singapore will be offering its yearly bestseller, the traditional Honey Glazed Ham (S$108) as a takeaway item. Weighing 2kg and boneless, the ham can be ordered as a standalone item or as part of a Traditional Christmas Bundle which also comes with turkey and cake alongside the ham.
Dates: 9th November 2020 to 1st January 2021
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
Log Cake: For the first time, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium will offer its Chocolate Banana Log Cake (S$88, 1kg) as a takeaway item. Baked using Executive Chef Chua Yew Hock’s secret recipe, this has been a favorite with diners at Atrium Restaurant every Christmas. For a fruity kind of log cake, check out the Dulcey Yuzu Log Cake (S$88) which has a combination of Dulcey cremeux and tangy Yuzu mousse. The cake’s flavor is further enhanced with orange marmalade and almond sponge.
Turkey: Inspired by hawker culture and the flavorful spices used in Malay cuisine, the Masak Lemak Turkey (S$98, 4.5kg) is marinated with lemongrass, turmeric powder, coconut cream and chilli padi to exude the rich flavors of Asia. Every order is served with Sayur Lodeh, Nasi Goreng and Cashew Nut Sauce. For something more traditional, the hotel will also be offering its Traditional Roasted Turkey (S$108, 4.5kg) which comes with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Dates: Now until 30th December 2020
Order here (20% off)
York Hotel Singapore
Turkey: Bring home the lip-smacking Roasted Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Caramelised Onion Gravy (S$135) this festive season. It weighs 4 to 5kg and can easily feed a large family.
Ham: York Hotel Singapore will also offer its own version of the time-honored Honey-glazed Smoked Ham with Pineapple Sauce (S$130 net) weighing 2.5 to 3kg.
DBS/POSB, UOB and HSBC cardholders enjoy 20% discount on festive takeaways.
Dates: 1st December 2020 to 3rd January 2021
The Marmalade Pantry
Log Cake: The Marmalade Pantry’s will once again offer its signature Truffle Chocolate Log Cake (S$65) as it remains to be a crowd pleaser. This chocolate sponge roll with a chocolate crème center is coated with chocolate dirt for a layered treat. For something closer to home, the Pandan Gula Melaka Log Cake ($65) offers the familiar to most Singapore residents. Layers of moist pandan sponge cake are rolled with light buttercream and Gula Melaka-infused coconut flakes, then finished with fresh whipped cream.
Turkey: A highlight in The Marmalade Pantry’s carvery is the Traditional Whole Roast Turkey with Fresh Herbs (S$128). This impressive roast is rubbed with a house blend of seasonings plus garlic, rosemary and thyme, and slathered in butter – resulting in a moist, tender bird. This can also be ordered along with Traditional Stuffing (S$24), a flavorful mix of multi-grain bread, carrots, celery and fresh herbs.
Ham: The Maple and Clove Glazed Gammon Ham (S$128) is a mix of the sweet and savory. Boneless Gammon ham is used here and glazed with maple syrup and studded with cloves.
Dates: Now until 22nd December 2020
Capitol Kempinski Hotel
Log Cake: Capitol Kempinski Hotel will be offering two types of log cakes in 2020 including their signature Lady in Red Log Cake (S$72). Weighing 1kg, this lusciously fruity Genoise cake comes with raspberry, lychee and a hint of rose. For chocolate lovers, the Classic Chocolate Yule Log (S$72) is a safe choice with its generous amount of fudge.
Turkey: Their Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce & Giblet Gravy (S$158) is as classic as you can get for the festive dinner table.
Ham: Two types of ham will be made available for Christmas 2020 celebrations including a Baked Gammon Ham (S$218) weighing 6kg and a more wallet-friendly Baked Ham (S$58) weighing 1kg. Both types of ham are marinated with Rum Honey Glaze and come with Apple Sauce and Pork Raisin Sauce.
You can also order various sides to go along with your roasts, including roasted / mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and chestnuts. Prices for each serving of sides start at S$20.
Dates: 15th November to 25th December 2020 (pre-orders available now)
Hotel Fort Canning
Log Cake: Diners can look forward to Chestnut Pear Yule Log, Tanariva Raspberry Yule Log and Yuzu-Passion Chocolate Yule Log (S$68 each) for festive takeaways, while traditional items such as Classic Christmas Log, Rich Fruit Cake (S$28) and Gingerbread House (S$40) are also available.
Turkey: Always the one to introduce new and exciting flavors, Hotel Fort Canning will offer a Peranakan “Mee Siam” Roast Turkey (S$148). The bird is flavored with rempah comprising ground dried shrimps, belacan (shrimp paste), dried chili, candlenuts, tau cheo (fermented bean paste), tamarind pulp and fresh aromatics like lemongrass, galangal, turmeric and shallots. The poultry is then seasoned overnight before slow-roasted to a glorious brown. One’s carbohydrate needs are also settled as each turkey comes with an actual serving of Nyonya Fried Mee Siam and Mee Siam gravy. Other turkey flavors offered this year will include the Satay Roast Turkey (S$138) and Classic Roast Turkey (S$138). The turkeys from Hotel Fort Canning weigh approximately 5kg each and are good for 6 to 8 persons.
Ham: Honey Baked Ham (S$108) will be available as a takeaway item at Hotel Fort Canning.
Dates: 9th November to 25th December 2020
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Log Cake: Raffles Hotel Singapore goes against the norm this Christmas with log cakes that are shaped with a “standing” position. Take your pick among the likes of the Chocolate Log Cake (S$85) which is made from chocolate roulade sponge and rich chocolate buttercream, chocolate Chantilly and matcha crumble or the Kaya and Pineapple Log Cake (S$85) which was created by Tai Chien Lin, Executive Pastry Chef of Raffles Hotel Singapore. Made up of coconut dacquoise, dreamy kaya Chantilly, pineapple compote and coconut crumble, this festive treat is a mix of French pastry techniques and Asian sensibilities, including a distinctively local favourite- kaya. The kaya component here comes from the Raffles Kaya, one of the most popular products of the Raffles Boutique.
Panettone: You can now enjoy this Italian sweet bread, traditionally eaten during Christmas, with a rich coating of chocolate. The Chocolate Panettone (S$48) offers a welcomed variation to the Classic Panettone (S$48) for chocolate lovers.
Turkey: Raffles Hotel Singapore’s Roast Turkey (S$219 for 7.5kg) is halal-certified and comes with Brussels sprouts, asparagus, button mushrooms, carrots and vine-ripened tomatoes
Dates: 19 to 27 December 2020 (pre-order available now)
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Log Cake: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore offers two types of log cakes this year – the Raspberry Litchi Rose Yule Log (S$83) is a new flavor this year. This exquisite patisserie is handmade by Pastry Chef Audrey Yee and comes with a burst of framboise, flora and a hint of familiar Litchi. Another log cake flavor this year is the Manjari Chocolate Hazelnut Royaltine and Amarena Cherry Yule Log (S$89).
Turkey: The Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce, Turkey Jus, Bread and Chestnut Stuffing (from S$176) will come in 5kg or 10kg option while their Roasted Organic Turkey with Turkey Jus, Bread and Chestnut Stuffing (S$129) weighs approximately 3kg.
Ham: The property’s Honey-mustard Glazed Ham with Pineapple Raisin Sauce and Dijon Mustard comes in boneless (1.8kg) or half-boned (7kg) option. Prices start from S$176.
Dates: Now until 1st Feb 2021
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
Log Cake: Grab some pastries from the award-winning airport hotel. Its delightful holiday-themed desserts include the Feliz Yuzu Royaltine ($68, 1 kg) and Taro Mont Blanc Yule Log ($72). I have personally tried both flavors and I particularly liked the Taro Log Cake. It is an enhanced version of their best-selling Taro Coconut Yule Log from past years, the Taro Mont Blanc Yule Log has the perfect combination of European and Asian flavors. The Yule Log is layered with sponge cake, taro mousse, coconut cream mousse and topped generously with ribbons of sweet potato mont blanc.
Turkey: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport will offer Salted Egg Turkey (S$168, 6kg) for Christmas this year. Brined for 24 hours, the turkey is then coated in generous layers of luscious, creamy salted egg yolk sauce and roasted to perfection at 150°C for an hour. The Salted Egg Yolk Roast Turkey comes with XO crabmeat fried rice, seasonal greens and salted egg yolk cream sauce.
Pork: An alternative to the usual ham that graces the festive dining table, the Black Pepper Iberico Pork Ribs (S$88) from Crowne Plaza Changi Airport makes for a worthy addition to any family’s Christmas dinner. I have personally tried these juicy ribs, the secret being their house special black pepper sauce. Each order of the pork ribs also come with roasted potatoes and seasonal greens.
Dates: 1st to 31st December 2020 (pre-order available now)
Log Cake: Regent Singapore has a delightful collection of log cakes this season. Their ensemble promises to wow the public once again with creations like Italian Chestnut and Whiskey Cheesecake with Caramelised Pear Compote, Imperial Earl Grey and Sea Salt Raspberry and Sicilian Bronte Pistachio & Textures of Granny Smith Apples. These cakes come in Grande ($98) and Medio ($50) sizes for all manner of convenient gifting.
Turkey: The hotel will be offering Whole Roasted Turkey Marinated in Sage and Amalfi Lemon, stuffed with Dried Cranberry and Apple Filling (S$228, 5kg) as well as Wood Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Foie Gras and Wild Mushrooms, Black Truffle Infusion and Roasted Vegetables (S$188, 2.5kg) as a takeaway item for Christmas this year. The latter is the only truffle-flavored turkey observed so far for Christmas in 2020 in Singapore.
Regent Singapore’s takeaways are also available for delivery at a minimum S$100 to qualify for free islandwide delivery.
Dates: From 15th November 2020 onwards
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Log Cake: Some of the more creative flavors of log cake this year come from Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. Their best seller each year is the Chendol Log Cake (S$65, 1kg) while for this year, a new flavor they are offering is the Ang Ku Kueh Log Cake (S$70, 1kg) which even comes with a peanut-coated crust.
Turkey: Expect a strong local flair with Christmas takeaways and deliveries from Baba Chews at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong. Traditional components of the Christmas feast are still used like turkey, roast beef and log cakes but with a twist. For instance, their turkeys come in the form of a Laksa Turkey Pie (S$59) which is a play on the usual chicken pie but with laksa sauce. The Turkey Ngo Hiang Golden Pillow on the other hand is essentially turkey roulade baked in beancurd sheet and stuffed with minced turkey, pork, water chestnuts and vegetables.
Beef: For something different from the usual roast beef, I can personally recommend the Baba’s Beef Rendang (S$84, 1kg). Here, signature premium USDA prime beef short rib is stewed in fragrant spicy paste, coconut milk and gula Melaka. I have tried their beef and the meat fibers were so tender – easily collapsing after striking with a fork.
Baba Chews also provides for islandwide delivery on complimentary basis for orders of S$200 and above. S$15 surcharge applies for orders below this amount.
Dates: 1st to 31st December 2020 (pre-orders now)
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
Festive Meal: To make the kitchen work easier for those who prefer to keep Christmas at home, Publico’s Festive Feast Kits To-Go are available for two or four guests and feature signature dishes including Fresh Italian Burrata with sweet datterino tomatoes & 20-month-aged prosciutto; DIY Pasta Kit with handmade rigatoni and crab “mamma rosa” sauce; oven-roasted Porchetta with herbs, spices and side dishes – as well the famous Tiramisu. Kits come with the option of partly or fully cooked and must be preordered a minimum of three business days in advance.
Wines: For the very first time, Publico partners exclusively with esteemed Tuscan wine estate Il Borro, owned by the Ferragamo family. They have a luxurious and palatable range of wines. The Il Borro showcase highlights the following labels, available as a takeaway by the bottle this December; Il Borro, Rose’ del Borro Toscana IGT Sangiovese | Il Borro, Le Lamelle Toscana IGT, Chardonnay | Il Borro, Pian di Nova Rosso Toscana IGT, Syrah, Sangiovese.
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Turkey: Traditional Roasted Turkey with Signature Gravy and Cranberry Sauce (S$148) will be available as a takeaway item from JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, one of the specialties that also grace their festive ala-carte buffet at Beach Road Kitchen.
Ham: A must-have in each Christmas dining table, the Honey Glazed Gammon Ham (S$128) promises to be a juicy meaty treat for the festive season this year.
Dates: 26 November to 31st December 2020
Goodwood Park Hotel
Log Cake: The insta-worthy Christmas Holiday Cabin Log Cake (S$82) is heavily inspired by the Black Forest. The cake has milk chocolate ‘walls’ that surround a soft chocolate sponge layered with chocolate cream, studded with dark sweet cherries prepared in a compote of cherry juice and red wine. On the facade of the cake are iconic facets of the hotel – its Venetian windows are transformed into hand-piped arched windows and the Grand Tower wing is marked as a golden silhouette. The roof comprising housemade ladyfingers is graced with a light ‘snowfall’ of Chantilly cream, and for a dash of sparkle, silver and gold white chocolate beads and gold flakes.
Turkey: For something different from the usual turkey, check out Goodwood Park Hotel’s turkey dishes which has all the trappings of Min Jiang’s dimsum heritage. I have personally tried the Crispy ‘Char Siew’ Turkey with Pine Nuts Kataifi (S$38 for 8pcs). This delicious snack is generously filled with juicy ‘char siew’ turkey breast encased in crisp kataifi pastry. I could not help but munch on one piece after the other especially with the crispy skin. Although marketed as a takeaway item, this dish is best consumed without microwave heating. Another turkey dish to check out is the Shredded Turkey with Leek in Sesame Pockets (S$38 for 8pcs) which was inspired by traditional shao bing. This dish involves some DIY, with diners filling the sesame pockets with their desired amount of meat, vegetables and sauce.
Dates: Now until 26 December 2020
Cakes: The new Dark Chocolate Cherry Log Cake (S$42, 800g) is a must-have treat at the festive dining table. Chocolate mousse is richly featured here as are tangy red cherries. This is a log cake to consider if you prefer something with less of the fluffy cream and more of the decadent chocolate. My personal pick would have to be their memorable Spiced Apple Cheesecake ($42 for 1kg). Not too heavy which is a pleasant surprise for a cheesecake, this sweet treat is infused with the flavors of winter fruits and spices on a cookie base, finished with light cream cheese, spiced apples and irresistible speculoos biscuits. For the traditionalists, the Festive Fruit Cake ($22.90/600g) is dense and heavy given its small size. The cake is baked with the finest butter and studded with delightful bursts of candied fruits and nuts.
Pies: I personally like SwissBake’s pies so it was quite a treat for me to check out their seasonal Christmas pies (S$5.20 each / S$47 for a box of 9) which are sized for individual consumption. The pies are available in three comforting variants – Seafood Chowder, Turkey Ham & Cheese, and Beef Stew – and make for excellent morning or afternoon snacks even outside of the festive season.
Dates: Now until 2nd January 2021
Festive Meal Bundle: Porta at Park Hotel Clarke Quay will be offering a four-course festive spread, available for self-collection or delivery between 4pm to 8pm on 24th to 27th, 31st December 2020 and 1st January 2021. The menu celebrates modern European fare with nuances of the festive season. Start off with the Butternut Pumpkin Soup, a culinary symbol of the season’s warmth. Second course is Hokkaido Scallops – specifically 3 plump pieces of it served with avruga caviar, crumbled bacon bits and a small bed of salad. For mains, there is a choice between pan-seared Black Cod or the Beef Tenderloin cooked in medium rare. I have tried both and would personally recommend going for the buttery and melt-in-your mouth cod instead. I particularly like the tomato sauce that comes with the fish. It isn’t a run-of-the-mill sauce but rather a hearty one that comes with chorizo and generous amounts of chickpeas. In a way, the sauce acts as a side of carbohydrates in itself. For dessert, the meal ends with a slice of Chocolate Log Cake. The festive set meal at Porta is priced at S$66+ per person.
Islandwide delivery of the Christmas set meal is available for S$15 with no minimum order. Free delivery applies for orders of S$100+ and above (essentially with at least 2x servings of the set meal).
Dates: 24 to 27, 31 December 2020 & 1 January 2021