Thursday, December 09, 2010

My First Taste of Christmas 2010

I'm sure with the Orchard Road light-up, all dressed up shopping malls and the many dinner invitations by friends and family, you know it's Jingle Bells time.

My first turkey this year was a few months ago at the InterContinental Hotels Group's Media Christmas Party held at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre.

The whole ballroom was done up nicely and decorated with Christmassy cheer. Four booths were set up representing each of the four hotels- InterContinental Hotel, Holiday Inn Atrium, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre and Crowne Plaza Changi Airport. At each booth, festive foods were showcased and each of the hotels' executive chefs were present too!

There were lots to eat but I'll just feature the more memorable/interesting items.

Tired of the usual turkey? How about try one that's inspired by the popular cze char dish- cereal prawns! The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport serves up Cereal Crusted Tom Turkey served with Glutinous rice, Sauteed Baby Thai Lettuce & Curry Leaf Flavoured Butter Sauce. The sweet, buttery cereal with curry leaves and chilli add an interesting yet familiar touch.

Then there's also the Tandoori US Tom Turkey from Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre. Marinated overnight and slow grilled, it was tender and had a pleasant smokey aroma.

And have some naan with your tandoori turkey!

Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre also offered Maine Lobster Sauteed with Fennel, Mushroom and Cream Infused with Pernod. Delicious though a tad heavy. All I need for Christmas is this and a big bowl of pasta! :p

Talking about seafood, I also like Crowne Plaza Changi Airport's Executive Chef Eric Neo's Pan Seared Scallops with Ikura and Caviar Sauce. It was simple, cooked nicely to retain a juicy bite and sweet. Inspired by this, I will do a scallop dish for my League cook-out this year. More on the cook-out later.

Holiday Inn Atrium had an interesting round disc of sticky fig jam. Being sweet and just a tad tart (with crunchy seeds!), it made for a tasty side-kick to meats like turkey, ham and roast.

InterContinental Hotel did a fabulous Pan Seared Salmon with a Basil and Pinenut Crust. The salmon flaked nicely and the basil and pinenut crust added a textural counterpoint to the salmon's tenderness.

Hohoho. Christmas is coming! I can taste it.

Thanks to IHG's team (Fiona, Tracy, Teresa, Rachel and Denise) for the invitation and for hosting this hungry cow.

InterContinental Singapore
Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre
Holiday Inn Atrium
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

Chew On This: If you're planning to book a table on Christmas/Christmas Eve/NYE, do it now as many places get booked up quickly during this festive season!


Three-Cookies said...

The first turkey looks interesting. It tooks a few seconds to realise that it was actually a turkey. I suppose one can dress up a turkey in different ways but deep down it remains a turkey:)

The Hungry Cow said...

Three-Cookies: This turkey was really interesting! Yea, once a turkey, always a turkey I guess. Haha.