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And just like that, we have come to the last quarter of 2022 and Winter is here. The Club’s Winter theme is Merry & Bright, a traditional take on the year-end festivities. Things are looking red and gold, basked in warm light, a feeling that transports you to a time when you were a bright-eyed child on a cold December morning. Winter coincides with Christmas, a Christian tradition commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. But Christian or not, people around the world have found their own way of celebrating this annual holiday. Turn to Page 5 and read about a brief history on how this global celebration came about. Pastry Chef Yeni Sukowati is featured on Team Member Spotlight on Page 3. Learn about her career journey, what inspires her, her thoughts on leadership and what it takes to prepare the pastry kitchen for the festive season.
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Gift-giving is another hallmark of the season. The Gourmet Pantry features gift baskets for every recipient that you may have in mind. My Mom is a fragrance connoisseur and the scented candles and diffusers from To Be Calm are sure to make her living roomMerry & Bright. Another reason to visit The Gourmet Pantry is its unique ornaments that are sure to start a conversation among your guests. The spa also has gift ideas through its hard-to-find beauty and wellness products. I am choosing the SPARITUAL Body Care Set for my best friend, Carla, so she can pamper herself with a home spa experience.
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After all the shopping and celebrations, let’s not forget that the most important ingredient of our holiday table is the people gathered around it.
Festive Guide 2022
Roasted Dill and Citrus Atlantic Salmon
Our Festive Guide features everything you need for a Merry & Bright holiday feast. From mouthwatering appetizers to gourmet charcuterie boards to the centerpiece of your holiday table such as turkey and ham. As my family favors lighter fare, the Roasted Dill and Citrus Atlantic Salmon will be the highlight of our table. Our pastry chefs have been busy making sure that every meal has a sweet ending. Led by Chef Yeni, the team has recreated classics like Pecan Pie and modern
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Thanksgiving is especially important to my wife, Kim, who as a child, reunited on Thanksgiving Day 1975 with her family after four years of separation after the Vietnam War. To share our good fortune, our family would seek out individuals who are alone or have no family in Singapore – it doesn’t matter whether we know the person or not. We would invite these individuals to celebrate Thanksgiving with us in our home. Christmas has always been a really personal occasion and the best of all holidays. Every year, I would put up the tree without fail and indulge in some Christmas classic movies. I love the feeling of the Christmas spirit and believe this is a season of giving and sharing. When I used to live in San Francisco, I invited orphans to Christmas tree decorating parties, where we prepared Christmas gifts for them, and had a friend who played Christmas carols on the piano for the children as they sang along. Now that I’m based in Singapore, spending this festive season here, and especially at The American Club, does bring about a special type of joy as it’s my home away from home. CHRISTMAS
We share the same excitement for theupcoming winter season. I’m thrilled and thankful that we are able to celebrate this festive season this year without any restrictions.
DEEPAVALI AND HANUKKAH
Deepavali – the festival of lights – is just around the corner on October 24, 2022. It celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and is one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Also known as the festival of lights, Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem and the re-dedication of the Second Temple during the second century B.C. Lasting for eight days, Hanukkah commences on the evening of December 18, 2022 and ends on the evening of December 26, 2022. traditional While Thanksgiving is a holiday that is most commonly associated with the United States, there is also a wonderful Canadian Thanksgiving. This year, the Canadian Thanksgiving was celebrated on October 10, 2022, while the American Thanksgiving falls on November 24, 2022. Both festivals are celebrated to recognize and cherish the sacrifices and blessings of the previous year. They both observe being thankful for all that we have and for a good harvest. The turkey on Thanksgiving Day is definitely an important tradition for me and my family. I recall growing up, my dad would cook up a tasty turkey dish in a Western style. Now, in my family, we have created a new turkey tradition by giving it a unique Asian twist with a sticky rice stuffing made with minced pork, ginkgo nuts, mushrooms and lap cheong (Chinese sausage). Thanksgiving holiday. THANKSGIVING Many fellow Members celebrate the
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A Celebration of Traditions
Traditions form an important part of our culture and this season, let’s celebrate by breaking bread with our loved ones and express our love through meaningful ways. From delectable feasts, decorative trees to gift-giving and celebrating the best of the season, we have everything you need to create heartwarming memories and spread joy throughout your home.
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CONTENTS #175 Nov-Dec 2022 | Jan 2023
Spotlight 3 Chef Yeni & Team Working Magic in the Pastry Kitchen 5 It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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WINTER EXCLUSIVES NOVEMBER
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• Pasta con Camarones $16 • Chicken Tandoori Pizza $22 • Cream of Cauliflower Soup $8 • Wok-fried Dry Laksa with River Prawns $18 • Texas Chili Cheese Dog $18 • Tandoori Chicken Leg $17 • Sweet Potato Salad $15 • Pumpkin Cheese Tart with Butterscotch Sauce $9 Beverage • Pumpkin Milkshake $9 • Malibu Sunset Cocktail $10 Tradewinds Pasta de Camarones
Slow Braised USDA Prime Angus Beef Oxtail
The 2 nd Floor • Slow-Braised USDA Prime Angus Beef Oxtail $45 • Beef Tartare with Black Truffle Dressing $28 • Black Pepper Angus Beef Spring Roll $28 • Grilled USDA Prime Angus Beef Striploin 300g $68 Beverage • White Negroni $15
Gourmet Multigrain Sandwich
Grillhouse • Low Carb Salmon Cobb Salad $22 • Turkey Pizza $24 • The Stack Burger $23 • Thai Basil Pork Tacos with Lime Slaw $17 • BBQ Ikan Bawal with Spicy Chili Sauce $18 • Marinated Tofu Steak Burger $18 • Fried Prawn Paste Chicken Wings with Spicy Dip $15 Beverage • Beer Garita $11 Low Carb Salmon Cobb Salad
Union Bar • Gourmet Multigrain Sandwich $19 • Roasted Turkey Meal with Bread Stuffing $25 • Creamy Mushroom Soup $10 • Battered Prawn Coated with Wasabi Mayo & Tobiko $16 • Hawaiian Pizza $19 • Vegetarian Curry $16 • Pumpkin Cheese Tart with Butterscotch Sauce $9 Beverage • Eggnog Martini $13
Salted Caramel Pecan Pie
Central • Salted Caramel Mixed Nuts Tart $6.50 (Slice) / $50 (Whole) Beverage • Pumpkin Spice Latte $5.80 • Sweet Citrus Iced Tea $5.80
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Grillhouse Pork Knuckle
Grillhouse • Grillhouse Pork Knuckle $35 • Grillhouse Turkey Burger $25 • Minced Turkey & Black Bean Tacos $17 • Szechuan BBQ Pork Skewer with Spice $13 • Seared Australian Scallop Salad $22 • Spicy Tofu Burger with Black Beans $17 • Japanese Curry Pork Chop $20 Beverage • Gin Berry Fizz $10
Red Velvet Surprise
• Red Velvet Surprise $6 (Slice) / $45 (Whole) Beverage • Gingerbread Spiced Mocha Latte $5.80 • Vanilla Chai Tea $5.80 The 2 nd Floor • Roasted Norwegian Salmon $49 • House Cured Hokkaido Scallop Ravioli $28 • Egg Roulade with Portobello Mushroom Duxelles $24 • Herb Marinated Slow Roasted Turkey $36
Union Bar • Roasted Turkey Meal with Bread Stuffing $25 • Creamy Butternut Squash Soup $10 • Turkey Pizza $20 • BBQ Corned Beef Taco $18 • Pork Schnitzel Baguette Sandwich $19 • Tandoori Turkey Kathi Roll $17 • Chocolate Log Cake with Raspberry Sauce $9 Beverage • Wild Turkey Cranberry Cocktail $12
Beverage • Rock & Rye $15
• Capricciosa Pizza $23 • Roasted Turkey $25 • Cream of Butternut Squash Soup $8 • Wok-fried Marmite Chicken $15 • Swedish Meatballs $20 • Paneer Kofta $17 • Blueberry Quinoa Salad $15 • Chocolate Log Cake with Raspberry Sauce $9 Beverage • Cinnamon Milkshake $9 • Rose Kennedy Cocktail $10 Tradewinds
Roasted Turkey Meal with Bread Stuffing
Roasted Norwegian Salmon
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TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Chef Yeni & Team Working
Magic in the Pastry Kitchen
Sprinkling joy wherever she goes is Chef Yeni’s way of life. Having worked for the Club for 11 years now, Chef Yeni finds immense gratification in serving up delectable pastries and desserts that delight Members. With the help of her pastry team, she has headlined the pastry show of numerous events at the Club, including the festive and summer seasons, and fulfilled numerous customized Member orders for parties, corporate events and gifts. Spreading the holiday cheer every festive season – her favorite time of the year – lights up a bright smile on her face, even though this period is also the busiest. The American Club speaks to our talented Pastry Chef, Yeni Sukowati, and discovers what it takes to run the pastry show for the upcoming festive season. Sweet & Creamy
Chef Yeni’s culinary journey began when she completed her internship for a bachelor’s degree in hospitality at The Sentosa Resort and Spa (nowknown as Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa). Shewas instantly smitten by the exquisitely presented pastries that the pastry chefs hadworked so hard to create. After graduatingwith a Diploma in Pastry & Baking at Singapore Hotel and TourismEducation Center (SHATEC), Chef Yeni made her first venture into the world of pastry andwas exposed to a wide variety of cakes, pastries, and desserts. From then on, she discovered her passion while finding it a great joy to work her culinary magic for special occasions and holidays.
TAC: What are you looking forward to the most this festive season? Chef Yeni: Every festive season is a time for family bonding, renewing friendships and the exchanging of gifts, which brings me love and peace. TAC: What is your favorite festive pastry? Chef Yeni: I would say Pumpkin Pie. When we start the preparations for Pumpkin Pie, it is like a sign that the festive season is fast approaching. It’s a pastry that we only create once a year and is well-loved by many Members. TAC: What is the most memorable pastry that you have prepared for a Member? Chef Yeni: We had a bulk order of 5,000 pieces of customized cookies, which had to be hand-drawn individually and wrapped, for a Halloween Party. The preparation process took us an entire week – we carefully glazed the cookies, in shapes of pumpkins, ghosts and spiders, with fondant icing made from scratch and ensured that everything looked perfect. Wewere thrilled to hear that the kids loved the cookies! TAC: How are you and your team preparing for the upcoming festive season at the Club? Chef Yeni: We start preparing for the festive season as early as August. This includes reviewing and analyzing Members’ likes and dislikes, researching market trends, then brainstorming for creative ideas and finally, developing a festive-themed pastry and cake collection. We try to do things differently each year to keep things fresh for Members! TAC: What is the most memorable experience that you and your team had while working in the Club? Chef Yeni: Definitely, the circuit breaker in 2020, as during this period, we were not only chefs but we became virtual celebrity chefs! We organized baking videos and classes, which was nerve-racking as it was our first time venturing into this. At the end of the day, we had lots of fun and I think that
(From left to right) Chefs Elizabeth Ee, Yeni Sukowati, Teo ChewMing and Chong Kai Hoong
the Members enjoyed it as well.
gaze at the beautiful sky and admire the clouds or at other times, I like to bask in nature. These moments tend to spark an idea in my mind and I try to incorporate them into my recipes. I also enjoy checking out Pastry Arts Magazine andBakeMagazine for latest updates and ideas. TAC: What are the traits that you display as the leader of the Pastry team? Chef Yeni: Respect and trust. Showing my Team Members respect and trusting them empowers them to do their job and perform well. I also take the time to listen to their concerns and feedback. I try my best to guide them however I can.
TAC: What do you enjoy most about working with your talented Pastry team? Chef Yeni: It would be the bonds of friendship and understanding that I have developed withmy teamover the years. Even when it gets hectic in the kitchen, my Team Members continue providing me with tremendous support and working together to achieve our daily tasks and goals. Chef Yeni: Although we may be from the Pastry team, you will often see us assisting in other areas of the kitchen and sometimes even the F&B Service or front-of-the-house team. There are no divisions between departments – as long as you have The American Club eagle on your uniform, you are part of the team and the Club. TAC: What do you do outside of work? Chef Yeni: During my free time, I love to catch up with my friends over a meal, and on Sundays, I go to church. Swimming is one of my hobbies, and as silly as it may sound, I love ensuring that I complete all my housework so I can check it off my to-do list! TAC: What inspires you? Chef Yeni: Inspiration comes to me in many different ways. Sometimes I TAC: How does your team exemplify the One Club, One Teammantra?
I have learned a lot from Chef Yeni. She’s incredibly generous at sharing her knowledge and encourages me to express my creativity!
— Chef Kai Hoong
Chef Yeni is so bubbly! She spurs me on and sometimes I even forget that I’m working.
— Chef Elizabeth
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WONDERFUL TIME It’s the Most of the year A HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
solstice, which date back for centuries. Merging Christmas with these old festivities enabled the church to maintain the winter holiday tradition while pivoting its focus on Christianity. The Early Days of Christmas While holding Christmas at the same time as traditional winter solstice festivals increased the chances that Christmas would be popularly embraced, the ability of church leaders deciding how it was celebrated was compromised. Early celebrations of Christmas combined a mix of pagan and Christian traditions. Believers attended church, then celebrated raucously with activities that might seem more fitting for Halloween these days: lighting bonfires to keep the darkness at bay, performing tricks in exchange for treats, and drunken revelry in the streets. In medieval England, Christmas was a 12- day festival which included hearty feasts, plays and parades celebrating Jesus’ birth. It became commonplace to partake in Christmas decorations, gift-giving andmusic, and even the simplest festivities included singing carols and hymns. However, Christmas became so known for debauchery that the Pilgrims strongly discouraged celebrating it and even prohibited it in some cities when they first came to America. Christmas in early America was a mishmash of practices. Many with Puritan beliefs banned Christmas because of its pagan origins and the unruly nature of the celebrations. Immigrants arriving from Europe carried on with the traditions of their native homes. The Dutch brought Sinterklaas – also known as Santa Claus – with them to New York in the 1600s. The Germans brought their tree traditions in the 1700s. Different communities celebrated Christmas in their own way.
Christmas, the season of joy and giving. Often what comes to mind would be a brightly lit Christmas tree in the living room, plenty of gifts underneath the tree, a sumptuous feast with the family, and perhaps the kids’ favorite Santa Claus. Christmas is both merry and bright. Brimming with tradition and festivity, its hallmarks of good cheer and family fun are recognized and celebrated all over the world. But how did a holiday with religious origins become so widely celebrated globally? Observed on December 25, Christmas is both a religious holiday and a global, cultural and commercial phenomenon. For two thousand years, how people around the world celebrate Christmas has evolved, commemorating it with both religious and secular customs and traditions. Although Christmas marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the spiritual leader of Christianity, no one knows the actual date of his birth. The Bible doesn’t say when he was born, but clues from the Nativity Story – like shepherds guarding the flock outside – hint that it may have been spring, because why would shepherds be herding sheep in winter?
Despite this, when the Catholic Church decided to recognize Jesus’ birth as an official holiday, Pope Julius I chose a date in the deep of winter – December 25. Many historians believe that this date was picked in an effort to adopt and absorb the pagan festivals celebrating the winter
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Reinventing Tradition It was only in the 19th century that Americans started to embrace Christmas, transforming it from a rowdy festival into a wholesome holiday of tranquility and nostalgia. In 1819, American author Washington Irving created tales of a wealthy English landowner who invited his workers for dinner with him. As Irving fancied the idea of people of all backgrounds and social status gathering for a festive holiday, he penned a story that reminisced about forgotten Christmas traditions that were reintroduced by this affluent landowner. With the popularity of his stories, the newfound spirit of Christmas began to take hold in the hearts of the American public.
practices, the holiday offers something – be it religious or not – for everyone who celebrates it. All over the globe, people have embraced Christmas and created their own traditions along the way.
If you’re in Singapore on Christmas Eve, it could be admiring the Christmas lights along Orchard Road with loved ones. If you’re in the United States, a group of carolers might visit your home to serenade you. If you’re on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, it could be fun-loving neighbors dressed in comical Santa costumes going door to door until people can guess who they are. In every country, food is the highlight of Christmas. In Ukraine, zealous diners savor a 12-course meal, each course symbolizing an apostle. In Japan, rather than gathering around the table for a turkey dinner, families head out to their local Kentucky Fried Chicken. In Poland, the Christmas carp featured during dinner is often kept in the family bathtub for days before its debut on a plate.
Not too long after in 1843, English author Charles Dickens published the beloved classic, A Christmas Carol . The story’s message – the importance
of charity and compassion towards all people – struck a powerful chord withmany in the United States and England.
As Christmas rose in popularity as a family- centered holiday among Americans, old traditions were rediscovered, along with the creation of new customs, such as gift-giving, decorating trees and sending holiday cards. Celebrations Around the World Though Christmas has religious origins, it has also become a secular and increasingly commercialized holiday. This concern is not new; according to historian Lisa Jacobson, people have complained about the excessive commercialization of Christmas ever since its modern incarnation in the mid-19th century. Nevertheless, with its diverse customs and
While celebratory customs differ from country to country, the essence of the Christmas spirit is the same nomatter where you are. Regardless of spiritual beliefs, Christmas is a lovely time to get together with family and friends, be it through meals, gifts, or simply spending quality time together. It is a time when we can express our care and love for our loved ones, and arguably, the most wonderful time of the year.
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