Thursday, January 01, 2009

Christmas lunch

Our first Christmas in Shanghai turned out to be quite successful.  We cheated by ordering a cooked turkey this year but it saved us a lot of hassle.  We figured the frozen variety they sell in the supermarket wouldn't be too nice anyway so why bother?  

Here is our bird.  We could smell it all the way home in the car and we couldn't wait to dig in.  It was as delicious as turkey can get!  The meat was moist and tender.

Vegetables were optional but we thought we would be lazy all the way.  We don't normally have yam and it was a very nice surprise.

The meal even came with a pecan pie and it was definitely the star.  As full as we were we managed to wolf down half of it.  The pie crust was to die for.

We were pretty happy with the meal but there were a couple of hang ups.  First of all there was not enough gravy.  There was just enough for the two of us and we could imagine the frustration if you have a family of 4 to feed.   The stuffing (while plenty) was not the best we had.  I suppose we are more used to the bready type stuffing and this almost gelatin creation with with bits of chestnuts was a little odd to us.  I wish there were more chestnuts too!

Prices for this year:
Turkey 5kg RMB 998, RMB1288 with vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and pecan pie
Turkey 7kg RMB1288, extra for trimmings

500 Wei Hai Rd., Shanghai.  Tel: 6256-8888

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