12 Festive Dishes For A Merry Christmas Feast

12 Festive Dishes For A Merry Christmas Feast

Christmas meals aren't all about the turkey and pudding! From starters to mains to desserts, we're serving up a delicious menu of mouthwatering dishes filled with signature Asian flavors, just for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

Starters

1. Brulee Bomb (Dutch Potato Balls)

Brulee Bomb is the Indonesian equivalent of a Dutch meatball known as Bitterballen. Traditionally served as a bar snack, these croquettes make for the perfect bite-sized finger food at your holiday party. This version of these deep fried delights only needs a few ingredients to make - perfect if you’re hosting a party on a budget. Coated in panko breadcrumbs, its crispy exterior makes way for a gooey cheesy potato centre which simply oozes out once you take a bite. Enjoy a burst of rich savory flavors each time you pop it in your mouth.

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2. Wasabi Devilled Eggs

Small and bite-sized, devilled eggs are a classic festive appetizer, and in this recipe, they get a hit of Japanese flavor, thanks to the wasabi which provides a spicy ‘devilled’ kick that is guaranteed to excite your taste buds. A great way to start any holiday meal!

3. Wonton Chips and Sashimi Salsa

Simple yet absolutely delicious, these crispy Wonton Chips are an excellent replacement for nachos and potato chips. In this recipe, it is paired with a simple sashimi salsa that’s partly inspired by ceviche. Salmon sashimi is added to the refreshing salsa mix along with a drizzle of mayonnaise and a generous serving of tobiko, promising a burst of flavors with every mouthful. Serve this up on your holiday party table and watch it disappear in seconds.

Mains

4. Roasted Kicap Chicken with Asian Stuffing

This festive Roasted Kicap Chicken with Asian Stuffing has simple yet tasty local flavors. While the Asian stuffing in this recipe consists of ingredients you may find in your nasi goreng (fried rice), it is super versatile and could include a combination of any ingredients you like. If you prefer to keep it simple, just season your rice with some salt, pepper and chopped garlic, but you can also add mushrooms and other vegetables to take the flavors to another level. Juicy chicken with a sticky sweet glaze and a savory stuffing, this mouthwatering dish is the perfect centerpiece for your holiday spread.

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5. Mushroom Soy Butter Pasta

Italian pasta is given an Asian twist with soy sauce and Asian mushrooms in this Mushroom Soy Butter Pasta. Long slurp-worthy noodles coated in a savory sauce, the umami flavors blend well with butter to make this an indulgent yet light vegetarian dish that the whole family can enjoy. 

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6. Airfryer Chicken with Kerupuk Crust

Cooking chicken (or anything for that matter) in an air fryer might be easy, but it’s just as easy to end up with overcooked meat and a soggy crust. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a simple recipe that will guarantee a moist and juicy chicken with a satisfying crunch! The trick is to fry the chicken twice - once after it has been fully marinated, and another time after it has been coated with buttermilk. For that extra crunch and some Indonesian flavor, a tasty coating of crushed kerupuk is added. A unique take on a popular finger food, this air fried chicken is sure to be a hit at any holiday party.

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7. Salmon Kama Mentai Rice (Seared Salmon Bowl)

A popular item in any Japanese restaurant, Salmon Kama Mentai Rice is actually really fast and easy to make at home. With just a few ingredients and just 20 minutes of your time, it’s a simple budget-friendly option for your holiday party menu. Thinly sliced salmon served on top of a bed of rice, it is covered with spicy tobiko mayo sauce which is then torched, creating a deliciously creamy yet smoky flavour that the dish is known for. If you don’t have a blowtorch, try cooking it in an air fryer or oven on a broiler setting to get a similar texture and taste.

8. Miso Butter Roast Chicken Legs and Daikon

This Miso Butter Roast Chicken Legs and Daikon might look humble, but it’s packed full of flavor and is the perfect comfort food for the festive season. Perfectly seasoned with a miso honey butter mixture that has also has a hint of ginger, the chicken and daikon are roasted for an hour to soak up all the yummy flavors. This dish is definitely a winner.

9. Hainanese Chicken Chop

A Malaysian favorite that is served in many ‘Western’ food stalls and restaurants, Hainanese Chicken Chop was originally made by the Hainan settlers in Malaysia that served the British during their colonization of Malaya. A mesh of Chinese style fried chicken marinated with soy sauce and a gravy that resembles a traditional brown gravy you would have on Sunday dinners, this dish is the perfect blend of East meets West and would add a lovely Asian twist to your festive holiday party menu.

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Dessert

10. Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Drizzle

Finding new ways to curb your sugar cravings without missing out on delicious desserts, especially during festivities? This gluten free and dairy free Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Drizzle checks all the right boxes and at the same time, it is super easy to make. A moist and fluffy sweet potato loaf cake drizzled with a sticky sweet coconut syrup, it’s topped with a sprinkle of crushed walnuts for an added crunch and some raisins for a pop of color. The perfect dessert to go with any holiday feast!

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11. Croissant Waffles

 

A Korean café staple that has gone viral globally, Croissant Waffle or Croffle will make a trendy addition to your holiday menu. Best part is that you only need 20 minutes and 3 ingredients to make it. Essentially a croissant in the form of a waffle, this fuss free dessert is also really versatile. While this recipe uses hazelnut or chocolate spread, and fresh strawberries as toppings, you can choose to pair it with other sauces and fruits of your choice. If you don’t have a waffle maker, you can also use a toaster press or panini press with a griddle attachment - you might not get the signature waffle shape, but it’s hard to complain once you get a taste of the rich buttery crust.

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12. Matcha Black Sesame Puffed Rice Treats

In this recipe, Puffed Rice treats, a childhood favorite, are given an adult upgrade with bitter matcha powder and sesame seeds. This no-bake sweet treat can be made in big batches and is great to share with the whole family. Crispy and chewy at the same time, these addictive squares are perfect for snacking on throughout the festive season. 

Related: 10 No-Bake Dessert Recipes for Last-Minute Treats

For more delicious recommendations and recipes for Christmas, see our Festive Feasts page. 

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