AFTERNOON tea is not just about the food and drinks, but also conversations shared at the table.
With good company at Lady Yi’s Tea House in Four Points by Sheraton, Kuala Lumpur, diners can enjoy both lively discussion and refreshments amid its welcoming homely interior with a Peranakan theme.
The Peranakan Affair Afternoon Tea is popular here, as the chef curates a special menu that combines the best of what is typically served for tea in Western and Peranakan cultures.
English tea menu items such as scones, finger sandwiches and cakes are given a Peranakan twist.
Each set comes with plain and banana scones, along with cream, kaya and red bean butter on the side.
It also comes with three types of sandwiches, namely Chargrilled Tuna with Kapitan Sauce and Curry Mayo, Kerabu Otak-Otak with Marinated Papaya and Chilli Lime Dressing, and Free Range Chicken Rendang with Coconut Floss and Ginger Torch Aioli.
The Kerabu Otak-Otak sandwich is a staple on the tea menu. The filling packs a punch with every bite.
The other two sandwiches were a little dry for my liking.
However, the Pongteh Braised Duck with Pickled Cucumber served on Brioche and Jiu Hu Char Pai Tee with Eryngii Mushroom were a juicy treat filled with flavour.
Moving on to the sweet items, there is the Cham Block with Kopi Cremeux and Teh Tarik Pastry Cream as a replacement for cheese cake. This dessert is a winner as the coffee and tea melded well on the palate.
The much-loved kuih salat is presented in the form of a tartlet with Butterfly Pea Flower Pulut Cream and Pandan Mousse.
Apam balik is replicated in a semicircle-shaped Peanut Dacquoise with Light Chocolate Mousse and topped with a piece of caramel popcorn.
Kuih bakar is represented by Pandan Sesame Chiffon and Light Coconut Chantilly cake, while kuih lapis is mimicked in its Rose Flavoured Butter Cream and Almond Sponge cake.
Complementing the sweet and savoury treats are a selection of teas including Lady Yi’s Signature 11 Treasures Tea, a blend of chamomile and rare green rooibos, with delicate lavender flowers, rosehips, peach and a hint of warm lemongrass, among others.
The set is priced at RM98+ per person for dine-in, between 2pm and 6pm.
For those who prefer takeaway or delivery, pre-orders must be made at least four hours in advance, with a set priced at RM128+ per person.
A special set for two persons is also available at RM168+ for both dine-in and takeaway.
In conjunction with the Mid-Autumn Festival, the tea house has four mooncakes in assorted flavours, carefully curated to suit a variety of tastes, which are Lady Yi’s Signature 11 Treasures Tea, White Lotus with Single Yolk, Green Tea, and Red Bean.
A box of four, known as The Timeless Treasures Mooncake Collection, is priced at RM188+ per box.
LADY YI’S TEA HOUSE, Level 7, Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown, 2, Jalan Balai Polis Kuala Lumpur. (Tel:03-2035 7333). Business hours: 11pm-7pm.
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