The Magnificent 12kg Bird

Christmas 2015

Turkey is not a Christmas tradition for the Chia Family. 

For us, it’s a dish rich with our Peranakan heritage – ayam buah keluak. 

These earthy nuggets bear a coal-like paste that I deem as fruit of the land. Such beauties aren’t they?

Christmas 2015

But this Christmas was extra precious and special since Dad is back home from his stay at the hospital (he had a serious mishap but praise God he’s fine) so I decided to volunteer my dutiful ‘personal chef’ and add some pizzazz to our normally Peranakan Christmas dinner.

Christmas 2015

Being the sweetheart that he is, he lugged a large large bird to our place (not before brining it and stuffing it of course) and proceeded to prep it for our oven. Carrying it was like carrying a kettle bell at CrossFit. I kid you not. 12kg!

Christmas 2015

Dad was so worried that the bird wouldn’t fit since I had told him earlier that it was all of 12kg.

Thankfully it did. The bacon ‘jacket’ for the turkey acts as an automatic baster. I had no complaints. Bacon makeup for turkey sounds just about right and so damn delicious.

Christmas 2015

After 3.5 hours, the bird is done and here is my chef, all smiles. 

He carves the beauty and by golly, it was so tender. 

Christmas 2015

The stuffing was delicious too. He had combined dried apricots with sage and thyme.

Christmas 2015

The Chias had a belly expanding meal. We were all so very thrilled to get our hands dirty with the buah keluak nuts. 

Christmas 2015

Pineapple prawns for that extra zing. And pineapples are good for digestion. 

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

Chap chye for good measure and added fibre. 

Merry Christmas ya’ll! 


Posted on 29th Dec 2015 in Christmas, Peranakan Food, turkey

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