Mom, John & Me @ Tian Fu Teahouse
On Mom’s birthday yesterday, John & I both wished to bring her out for high-tea. John wanted to bring us to the Equinox high-tea buffet which was a sumptuous international spread with a gorgeous view of the city. I had a much humbler proposal – the Imperial Hi-Tea at the Tian Fu Teahouse on Beach Rd. I’ve been wanting to bring my mom there ever since I read about it in 8-Days several weeks ago. My mom’s a major fan of Chinese Tea, and she doesn’t like to over-indulge in meals. I was convinced she would love the simple, bite-sized Imperial Hi-Tea.
John gave way to me, but unfortunately, I forgot to tell him that the Imperial Hi-Tea wasn’t a buffet spread. Furthermore, I told him and my mom not to eat too heavily for lunch, leading John to literally just snack for lunch in anticipation of a hearty high-tea. His expression of dismay when the first tiny dish of dim sum was served was both pitiful and hilarious! :P But all in all, the three of us had fun and enjoyed the 5 Chinese Teas and 9 bite-sized snack dishes served us. And because our high-tea was modest, we managed to have a hearty dinner when our respective spouses were able to join us. :)
I’m presenting the dishes we had at the high-tea in this post. For more photos of us (the people) visit this photo album!
1st pairing: ç«¹å¶é’ and é¾™äº• green teas with har gow and siew mai
2nd pairing: è´¡èŠ wolfberries tea with spicy Sichuan dumpling and pan-fried turnip cake
Note: è´¡èŠ is different from æèŠ. The former is taken for its benefit for eye-sight while the latter is taken for its cooling properties. The latter is the one commonly served in restaurants and is more fragrant.
3rd pairing: æ™®è€³ tea with char-siew floss pastry and pan-fried pork dumpling with chives
4th pairing: å¤§çº¢è¢ tea with crispy Sichuan rice-cake and deep fried red-bean tang yuan with sesame seeds
Delicate tasting tau huey with wolfberries
Tian Fu Teahouse
Level 1 Parkroyal on Beach Rd
7500 Beach Rd
Tel: 6505 5722/ 6505 5724
Imperial Hi-Tea daily (Price: $15) from 2:30 – 6:00 p.m.