Asian-inspired festive fare

Asian-inspired festive fare

Shangri-La Hotel - Char Siew Glazed Bone-in Ham

You'll find char siew in the form of pork belly or pork loin, but it's a bit unusual to taste its familiar flavours in a leg of Christmas ham. Fortunately, Shangri-La's new take on a traditional Christmas roasted ham - a Char Siew Glazed Bone-in Ham (S$248 nett and serves eight to 10 people) - hits all the right notes.

As a bone-in ham, it already scores points for being more tender since its natural fats, muscle and bone were undisturbed during preparation.

Key ingredients of the marinade include hoisin sauce and maltose sugar, and the ham is roasted between one-and-a-half to two hours at an internal temperature of 63 degrees Celsius.

The set comes with honey mustard, mashed potatoes, citrus-glazed root vegetables, Brussels sprouts with herb butter, and braised purple cabbage.

Location: 22 Orange Grove Road

Tel: 6233-5177

Email: dining.sls@shangri-la.com (3-days' advance notice is required)

Swiss Butchery - Harry Potter-inspired Butterbeer Ham

When it comes to the "magic" of Christmas, Swiss Butchery takes things to a whole new level with their Harry Potter-inspired Butterbeer Ham (S$60/kg).

This smoked ham is already tender and juicy enough to devour on its own, and its skin is covered in a hint of sweet vanilla marinade.

But don't forget the star of the show - the small bottle of butterbeer glaze (give it a good shake first) that you're supposed to pour over the ham before heating it up in the oven. It's got a vaguely artificial butterscotch flavour which is surprisingly addictive.

Also available for the festive season is their signature Grand Marnier ham glazed with a house blend of honey (S$60/kg), a dunkel pork knuckle jelly (S$28/kg), and liver pate with cranberries (S$28/kg).

Location: 30/32 Greenwood Avenue

Tel: 6468 7588 56

Location: Tanglin Road, #01-02

Tel: 6235 8080

Website: http://swiss-butchery.com.sg

Rang Mahal - Tandoori Turkey

Tandoori may not be the most festive option for a Christmas meal, but the Signature Tandor-roasted Turkey by fine dining Indian restaurant Rang Mahal just might change your mind.

The turkey is marinaded in traditional yoghurt and masala spices before roasting, and any latent dryness is countered by the thick and rich orange yogurt sauce it comes with.

On its own, it costs S$118+, but we recommend you top it up to S$138+ to include the fragrant stuffing of biryani-style basmati rice cooked with dried fruit, quail eggs, tandoor-roasted potatoes, and bits of candied cherry for a pleasant sweet contrast.

Location: Pan Pacific Singapore Level 3

Tel: 6333 1788

Location: Naumi Hotel

Tel: 6403 6005

Website: www.rangmahal.com.sg

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