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Nov 29, 2013

Traditional Christmas Turkey in Singapore

Aren't you hungry? (A Burger King commercial in 1999).

Looking at this colorful picture of a roasted traditional Christmas turkey makes me salivate ...

Here again, Chief Cook Foo Yong Seng inspecting some of the 16 turkeys for the Christmas dinner in 1954 and lots of cooking for his culinary skills and art to get them ready for Christmas.

Why do we eat turkey on Christmas Day?

According to my British friends:  "In 1526 William Strickland imported turkey into England. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" had much to do with making turkey a traditional Christmas meal. They soon became so popular because of their new unique taste and their succulent flavour that more were imported and bred.
As the years passed it soon became so popular that it became the traditional English Christmas Meal dish, served with stuffing, cranberry sauce and bread sauce along with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, brussel sprouts, peas and parsnips".

Orchard Road Market  c  1973

In the 1950s in Singapore, the favorite Christmas marketing was done at the Orchard Road market.  These archived photos are curated with the courtesy of the National Archives of  Singapore.

However, a wet market at Orchard Road appears to be out of place today and the ready-cooked turkeys and other groceries for Christmas are available at the supermarkets along Orchard Road with comfort and convenience.

Christmas is just around the corner. This is the time of the year when turkey cooking- and buying-panic sets in for those who are obsessed about having the best-tasting turkey at their Christmas dinner. Even if you enjoy cooking, it’s hard to make sure you have the perfect turkey ready on Christmas day (not to mention the lack of oven space to fit in a big bird).

One of the greatest benefits of living in a foodie city like Singapore is that our dinner party needs can often always be fulfilled by someone, someplace or somewhere.  With the myriad of choices available, finding the perfect bird to grace the dining table is not hard — if you know just where to get your fix. To help you along, we’ve put together a list of places to get the best turkeys this Christmas.

HungryGoWhere website recommends here .  Enjoy your Christmas turkey without hassle.  Merry Christmas!



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