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Have yourself a yummy little Xmas

There's something for everyone with huge variety of festive food choices

Christmas isn't complete without festive food.

Think Christmas, and memories of roast turkey, eggnog and fruit cake come to mind.

Asians may favour more Eastern-based foods such as briyani rice, fried rice and roast chicken.

Being in Singapore lets you be spoilt for choice, thanks to the wide variety of flavours.

In the past, the more common food types here were Japanese, German, French, Italian and Australian, in addition to the Indian, Chinese and Malay varieties.

What astounded me was their simplicity... But those meals were like heaven to me and my cousins. Miss Janelle Davies on her late grandmother's Christmas dinners

But now food from countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Korea have made their way to our dining tables and palates.

Christmas menus come in various shapes and forms.

Many home owners such as Miss Janelle Davies, 34, have turned their Christmas meals into traditions.

She patronises select supermarkets for groceries.

To her, a certain sausage or a different marinade makes a difference to the palate.

She said some of the best Christmas meals comprise the time-tested favourites.

Miss Davies still fondly remembers her late grandmother's Christmas dinners.

Recalled the draughtsman: "What astounded me was their simplicity. The main dish was usually baked ham or roast beef and the other dishes were just pasta and garlic bread.

"But those meals were like heaven to me and my cousins."

MAIN DISHES

Many Christmas dinners in Singapore usually centre on just two main dishes, honey-baked ham for Western meals and roasted duck for Asian ones.

The ideal honey-baked ham should be slow-cooked to lock in as much of the juices as possible.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore's Premium Honey Glazed Gammon Ham (Bone-in).

The skin of the duck should be thin and crispy with juicy meat underneath.

Hotels in Singapore have also come up with Yuletide and New Year's menus.

These dishes can be found at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel and Mandarin Orchard Singapore.

Mandarin Orchard Singapore is offering culinary delights such as Roasted London Duck with Chinese Herbs, Baked Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Watercress Crust, and Red Velvet Yule Loguntil Dec 31.

If you want to try these dishes at home, download the Christmas Takeaway Goodies form at http://tinyurl.com/MandarinGoodies2016

For orders and inquiries, call 6831-6272/6831-6320 or e-mail festivedesk.orchard@meritushotels.com. For details, go to www.meritushotels.com/diningorchard

Call 6233-1100 if you want to try the ham at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

You can also send an e-mail to the hotel at dining.gcw@millenniumhotels.com to make reservations.

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