Updated on 24 December 2020
If you are looking to adorn your celebratory dinner at home with a visual delight that’s also a sweet treat, Mandarin Oriental has that sorted. The rum-infused Nutty Caramel, a crunchy puff pastry topped with hazelnut Pain de Gênes and caramel catalan cream, is designed for those who enjoy rich, nutty flavours.
Santa made his presence felt in the delightful red and white Santa Berry – made up of raspberry sponge, cassis confit and forest berries mousse, this fruity cake has an added hint of earl grey and citrusy yuzu notes.
If you have guests who are clued in to biblical references, they will certainly reach for second helpings of the Star of Bethlehem, featuring a combination of the warm spice notes of nutmeg and the sweetness of chestnut. Coconut, passion fruit and mango inject tropical flair into this dessert.
There is even a Traditional Roasted Christmas Turkey available at Mandarin Oriental for takeaways.
A main highlight this year is the Piñata Fruit Cake – a nod to InterContinental Singapore’s ‘Christmases Around The World’ theme – a playful rendition of the classic Christmas bake infused with rum and candied fruits, topped with an ornament ball which can be knocked to reveal goodies. Impress your guests with creative bakes such as the Lemon Strawberry Pistachio log cake, an intricate circular log cake comprising lemon mousse, strawberry jelly and pistachio crunch; other log cakes vying for your attention include the Mont Blanc Yule Log, Matcha Kinako Sweet Potato Yule Log and Lemon Strawberry Pistachio Yule Log.
Both the Winter Truffle Roasted Turkey and premium Roasted Grass-fed Beef Sirloin were sold out on the website as this story went live – a resounding indication that these will be seen at many dinner tables this month.
Left to Right: Whole Roasted Sea Bass with Provençal Ratatouille, Côte de Boeuf with Roasted Potatoes, Marinated Salmon with Citrus Zest; Whole Roasted Turkey
Replicate the House of Astor experience at home by inviting friends and fam you hold dear for a feast. The St. Regis Singapore went to town with a stellar guestlist of handcrafted sweet and savoury specialties which are perfect as bedazzling centerpieces. We are very much in favour of the Whole Roasted Turkey with Buttered Brussels Sprouts and Truffle Mashed Potato, Marinated Salmon with Citrus Zest, Côte de Boeuf with Roasted Potatoes, Whole Roasted Sea Bass with Provençal Ratatouille and signature Smoked Salmon infused with The St. Regis Singapore Tea Blend.
Left to Right: Chocolate Decadence, Soursop Lychee, Chestnut Pear, Tanariva Raspberry, Dulcey Yuzu
On the sweet front, The St. Regis Singapore team has a collection of beautifully handcrafted St. Regis Logcakes that would make Caroline Astor brim with pride. Consider the Chocolate Decadence, an alluring bittersweet favourite comprising swathes of chocolate buttercream and Ariaga dark chocolate cream layered between a rich chocolate sponge, speckled with dark chocolate pearls for that added crunch; the fragrant Chestnut Pear featuring pear yuzu crémeux, chestnut crémeux, chestnut bits and chestnut sponge atop a bed of pailletee feuilletine, sheathed beneath a chestnut bavaroise cream is also a strong contender for centrepiece attention on your Kelly Wearstler table.
The Fullerton Hotels’ delicious new flavours this year are inspired by the rich diversity of Singaporean cuisine and are poised to be the star at your festive meals at home.
The Roasted Turkey Sapit is marinated with local herbs and spices such as lemongrass, chillies, ginger, cumin and coriander seed for a fiery, uniquely Singaporean twist to the Christmas turkey. On the side, you will find fragrant blue pea flower rice, tangy pineapple relish, emping crackers and sweet chilli soy sauce. Enjoy the turkey with a cool, refreshing Tiger Crystal in hand. Every purchase of a Christmas Turkey Sapit will come with a complimentary Tiger Crystal 4-pack, while stocks last.
Bring home a log cake – or three – from The Fullerton Hotels this month. The Coconut Calamansi features the tangy fruit layered with the rich creaminess of coconut and finished with a gentle shower of coconut shavings; the Mango Sago Pomelo is a refreshing fruity take inspired by the popular local dessert; and Teh Tarik will be remembered for its distinctive flavour of foamy local milk tea.
The finishing touch to your ‘Fullerton at Home’ experience could come in the form of a Salted Caramel Ondeh Ondeh Cruffinttone, a lovely blend of sweet and salty kissed with the familiar flavours of pandan and coconut, layered between buttery pastry for a truly winning combination. Also available as miniature single-serve Cruffinttoncino.
Regent Singapore’s Dolcetto promises the same sumptuous fare you would enjoy at Basilico delivered right to your own home – the outsourced cucina italiana is only just a finger’s tap away. When it comes to feeding a picky bunch, hearty platters are a great way to cater for everyone. Each of the three platters The Festivita Italiane, Buon Natale and Santo Stefano serve anywhere from four to ten pax, and require a 72-hour advance order.
Every year, Regent Singapore’s yule logs are much anticipated for their luscious flavours and exquisite craftsmanship. This year is no different as the pastry team once again wows 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.
Regent’s yule logs are best enjoyed with Manhattan’s festive bottled cocktails.
Answer the tempting call for desserts with a Rum-tastic Chestnut Log Cake, made with chestnuts that are best harvested this season; the Strawberry Yuzu Log Cake, a blend of two matching Japanese fruits, comes in a nice, festive shade of red. Other options include a Tropical Fruity White Chocolate Log Cake as well as a Marinated Whole Turkey and a selection of roast items with all the trimmings for a celebratory feast at home.
For a well-executed Christmas dinner consisting of well-executed classics, look no further than JW Marriott Singapore South Beach with its Traditional Roasted Turkey with Signature Gravy and Cranberry Sauce, Honey Glazed Gammon Ham, Slow Roast Beef Striploin, accompanied with trimmings, sides & condiments and, for a fee, have them delivered to your home.
Credit: Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Hotel Singapore’s curated home-dining gourmet sets and a la carte treats are perfect for intimate festive soirees as you celebrate the spirit of solidarity and gratitude.
Lay a lavish feast with celebratory favourites such as succulent Roast Turkey, bone-in Gammon Ham, 26-day dry-aged grass-fed Cote de Boeuf and an artisanal French Cheese Platter. Add a decadent touch to the holidays with Kristal Caviar, Maine Lobster and Foie Gras Terrine. Logcakes, available in two distinct flavours – Raffles Kaya & Pineapple and Chocolate – are great for wrapping up a perfect meal. For the ultimate Christmas beverage, Raffles has a Crystal Clear Christmas Milk Punch, a delightful cocktail crafted exclusively for this festive season.
Swap the roasted bird for Goodwood Park Hotel deli’s new Asian-inspired ‘Har Cheong’ Turkey which draws on the flavours of har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken). This festive rendition is steeped in prawn paste over two days and skilfully fried to perfection. The impeccable centrepiece boasts crispy skin and succulent meat with robust ‘har cheong’ flavour. The turkey is complemented with flavoursome vegetable rice and served with housemade dips of piquant Thai-style sauce and scallion sour cream. The former is a moreish staple of jasmine rice steamed with stir-fried xiao bai cai, minced ginger and dried shrimps.
Top of the meal with the hotel’s durian desserts for which it’s known. The Goodwood Black Thorn Durian Christmas Log Cake is made with charcoal vanilla sponge and premium Black Thorn durian purée.
Give your guests variety with the vibrant festive-inspired colours of the Chocolate Nutty and Berries Tart, conveniently portioned into eight servings in individual chocolate tart bases. Blueberries and raspberries rest atop vanilla pastry cream, while roasted whole pistachios and almonds blanket a luscious ganache of Valrhona Equatoriale Dark 55% chocolate.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore has crafted holiday essentials that will fit well in your entertaining strategy. Playing to their strength in traditional roasts, the Whole Roasted Turkey in marinated spices returns this year and other luscious treats like the Roast Sirloin of Beef marinated with Argentinian spices. The light-as-air Signature Grissini Tiramisu Log Cake accented with coffee as well as the headturner of a Grand Marnier Orange Marmalade Log Cake (pictured) are both attractive options that will give you an excuse to open a bottle of port.
Filled with Christmassy flavours and immense joy is M Hotel Singapore‘s Signature Jumbo Chicken Pie. Capable of feeding four to six persons, this pie is made with the same legendary recipe as Old Boulevard Hotel Singapore’s – once revered as the best in town – and patiently handcrafted by the deft hands of 79-year-old Chef Wang Khang See.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Those who love a good o’ chocolate cake will enjoy the Chocolate Truffle with Caramelised Walnut Log Cake – this is what dreams are made of!
Get a taste of Penang at home while entertaining your guests. Copthorne King’s Singapore has a Penang-inspired Roasted Whole Turkey Breast prepared Nyonya style – courtesy of Princess Terrace’s expertise in Penang cuisine – with a side of buah keluak sauce and a bevy of delights.
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