How to Book a Halal Catering Service During the Holidays
The holidays are usually the busiest time of the year for most restaurants in Singapore, and this is because of the Christmas parties, yearend events, and other celebrations that commemorate the season. And mind you, most of the reservations made for catering services have already been made in advance, thus it’s a bit difficult to hire a caterer at this point in time.
But the same reasoning does not always go with halal restaurants in Singapore. This is primarily because of the misconception that they are not the trending cuisine during the holiday season, thus they are only visited by practitioners of the Muslim faith.
However, you should not keep up with the bandwagon. In fact, going for halal catering in Singapore can do you wonders, so long as you know how to plan it right.
Among the things to check when going for halal catering are:
- Get a shortlist of restaurants/catering services that concentrate on halal food.
The first step to getting a halal caterer during the holiday is is to have a list of catering services that focus on the said manner of cooking. You may have to call them one by one to inquire about the cuisines they offer, as well as if they can come up with dishes that represent the holidays but are made with halal ingredients only.
Making direct inquiries is very important mainly because you will get to know the types of cuisines in which the caterer will apply the halal method of cooking, and this way you are able to choose which among them would work best for your upcoming event.
- Indicate your preferred day of service and the number of people to be served.
When hiring a caterer, you should also state the number of people you are expecting to be served during the event, as well as the day of the event itself. This will help the caterers decide whether they can accommodate your quotation, as it is not as easy to get fresh supplies of ingredients in the market during the holidays.
You should then anticipate that some caterers would decline your quotation, but there are others who would be more than happy to take your order. When this happens, you should then go with those who said yes.
- Pick a cuisine for the caterer to follow.
Halal caterers usually provide pre-made menus for you to look at. All these menus are halal, of course, thus there’s nothing to worry about. However, there are dishes that may not suit well with your guests, so you have to talk this out with your caterer.
You may also ask for a custom menu to be drawn out, especially when you have dishes that were specifically requested by your guests. The caterer may or may not charge you extra for this, but be sure to discuss this with them even before you hire them.
- Request for centrepiece dishes.
There are cuisines that make use of halal cooking methods, such as Thai and Balinese cuisines. These cuisines have special dishes, such as the Indonesian bebetuk (stuffed roasted duck or chicken), and Thai grilled seafood. You may want to have these centrepiece dishes on the middle of your banquet table, surrounded by other dishes under the menu to make the event more festive.
Halal catering in Singapore also offers such centrepiece dishes; however, these are not usually included in pre-made menus, thus you have to be charged with a different rate for them.