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11 Unusual Takeaway Christmas Fare for Your Party

Planning a a delicious spread at home or looking for something special to take to a festive potluck? Here's how to spice up your party

Sandwich Cake

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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 25 Dec, order three days in advance

Salt-encrusted Turkey

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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 25 Dec, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6705-7825 or e-mail fnbevents@onefarrer.com

Percik Turkey

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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 Brussels 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 31 Dec, order two days in advance
Info: Call 6831-4374 or e-mail j65@hoteljen.com

Roast Beef Sirloin

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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 20 Dec
Info: Call 6556-3588 (Jalan Kayu) or 6238-0609 (Mackenzie Road), or e-mail lesteaksg@gmail.com

Balinese Roasted Turkey

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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 25 Dec, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6845-1066, e-mail cafemocha.marina@meritushotels.com

Sushi Cake

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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 23 Dec, order one day in advance
Info: Call 6466-1005

Wu Xi Turkey

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What: The juicy and tender Asian-inspired Wu Xi Turkey ($218, for eight to 10 people) is braised with red yeast rice, red dates and a spice blend for up to two hours. It is served with Shanghai-style vegetable fried rice with dried shrimp and greens, as well as a house-made chilli sauce.
Where: The Deli, Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road
When: Order at least three days in advance and by Dec 19, noon. Last day of collection is 26 Dec. The Deli opens from 9am to 9pm daily
Info: Call 6730-1867/68 from 10am to 6pm daily, e-mail festive@goodwoodparkhotel.com

Tandoori Turkey

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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 31 Dec, order two days in advance
Info: Call 6688-7395

Oven-roasted Pork Rack

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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 31 Dec, order three days in advance
Info: Call 6831-6272/6320 or e-mail festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com

Porchetta Sandwich

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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 30 Dec, 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

Gammon Ham with Char Siew Sauce

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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 2 Jan
Info: Call 6276-9138

This story was adapted from The Straits Times.