How To Add Tasty Touches to No-Cook Festive Meals
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How To Add Tasty Touches to No-Cook Festive Meals

Let your no-cook foodpanda delivered meals shine with these thoughtful additions!

Christmas is the busiest time of the year for home cooks, so taking a shortcut (or five) is perfectly understandable. In between the hectic dinner party hosting, take a well-deserved break from full-on chef duty and order in the mains, sides and even desserts from foodpanda. You can always add in your secret sauce, favorite toppings or even whip up an easy fresh side within minutes!

Get inspired on how you can spruce up your meals with these tasty touches below:

1. Maple Mustard Sauce + Slow Roasted Whole Turkey from DoubleTree by Hilton

We have Henry VIII (that one king who had 6 wives) to thank for the turkey eating tradition during Christmas. What’s not to love? This Slow Roasted Whole Turkey is large enough to feed 8-10 people at the dinner table, and comes with cranberry sauce, roasted vegetables, Brussels sprout and roasted herb potatoes. You could even add on a juicy chestnut stuffing if you wish! It’s definitely a feast made for a king, but you could still add an extra special Christmas kick with a spicy maple mustard dip.

Whisk a cup of chicken broth, ¼ cup Dijon mustard, ¼ cup maple syrup and 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Let it simmer until creamy and garnish with fresh rosemary and thyme. Dip your turkey slice in and savor that spicy creaminess!

2. Raita + Damascus Mixed Grill by Damascus Restoran

Maybe your stomach isn’t exactly rumbling yet, but the aromas rising off this platter of freshly grilled lamb kebab, lamb cubes, lamb chop, shish tawook (marinated chicken), shrimps and chicken wings will certainly whet your appetite.

When it comes to grilled dish pairings, raita always offers the perfect counter to the charred greasiness of meats. Whip up a batch to offer a refreshing respite to this Damascus Mixed Grill dish you just ordered. Chop up a medium onion, and half a cucumber, and add them a mixing bowl with a cup of Greek yogurt. Add a tablespoon of coriander leaves, half teaspoon of cumin powder, a dash of salt and a single green chili (optional) to the bowl and mix.

Raita isn’t just great with meats – it goes well with falafel, biryani and pulao too!

3. Butterscotch Spread + Bagel Combo from Hogan Bakery

Chewy on the inside and tasting somewhat in between sweet and salty, bagels make for a fulfilling brunch or mid-afternoon snack. Grab a Bagel Combo – cinnamon, matcha and cranberry are some of the amazing flavors you can choose from – and create your very own butterscotch spread for this bagel party or picnic.

Butterscotch is the thick, spreadable cousin of caramel with – as the name suggests – extra buttery goodness. Simply melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick pan, add in ½ cup of brown sugar, ½ cup of heavy cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and stir till well blended. Boil it down for 5 minutes till it thickens and let it cool before spreading this heavenly mix over your halved bagels.

4. Mayonnaise + 15-piece Chicken from KFC

When in doubt over what to order for your Christmas party, fried chicken always saves the day. With the ease of online delivery platforms like foodpanda and the prevalence of KFC nationwide, getting buckets of fried chicken delivered is a breeze. Instead of fighting over the chili or ketchup packets (isn’t there’s always that one guest that guzzles all the sauces?!), why not prep one of most versatile sauces in the world for dipping while waiting for the food to arrive?

Crack one egg into your blender and start blending. Add in 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespood of red or white vinegar and ¼ of salt. Gradually pour in a cup of olive oil (other oils are work well too) until the mix has thickened and emulsified. You can then add the rest of the olive oil a little quicker. Season with a squeeze of lemon and extra salt if you wish! At this point, your fried chicken should be arriving for a finger-licking good party.

5. Pesto + Chargrilled Veg from Nandos

Okay, so you’ve had too many heavy Christmas meals in a row and just want a simple and tasty dish for sharing. This Chargrilled Veg is great alternative to fried snacks for supper, and you can take elevate this high-fiber dish with an easy pesto dip.

Separate the leaves and stems of your basil bunch, and toss 2 cups of packed leaves  into the blender. Pour in ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil, ½ of grated Parmesan cheese, ⅓ cup of pine nuts (feel free to substitute with chopped walnuts), 3 minced garlic cloves, ¼ of salt and a crack of black pepper and hit the blend button. You’ve now got fresh homemade pesto for your chargrilled vegetables, future pasta and gnocchi!

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