BY CK Lam
For foodie friends who desire an afternoon spent with good company sipping tea and savoring dainty pastries and cakes, do check out the Afternoon Tea at Teels Heritage Cafe tucked on Burma Road, Penang.
The Afternoon Tea menu has been launched recently, and was introduced to the media at the relaxed and comfy surroundings of Queen Victoria’s Parlour. The tea sets designed to blend tradition with innovation had us immersed among English tea staples and Ghee Hiang’s signature biscuits and pastries.
“The melange of East meets West treats will have guests discovering hand-crafted sweet delicacies alongside freshly baked tau sar pneah, beh teh saw, phong pneah, almond cookies and hneoh pneah,” said Ghee Hiang Director Ch’ng Huck Theng. The sweet staples include scones, cakes, macarons, brownies and mini-tarts.
There are various menu options to choose from. For the Hi Tea Premium Selections, Head Chef, Bryan Tang has created three choices: Concubine Premium Platter (RM78.80), Duchess Premium Platter (RM98.80) and the Queens Supreme Banquet Platter (RM138.80). Instead of presented in classic tiered stand, the delicacies are served in courses.
QUEENS SUPREME BANQUET PLATTER
The Queens Supreme Banquet Platter set with a tasty ensemble of sweet delicacies and two complimentary glasses of sparkling wine easily tickles every tastebud. Priced at RM138.80, the platter with a bias towards sweet items is great for groups of three or more.
We started with the sparkling wine and worked our way from the rustic cranberry scones, and artisan cakes to the divine macaroons. The server then set down the medieval lacquer box with an array of fresh fruit tart, cream custard choux, Peranakan dessert, chocolate cocoa brownie, and petite beef choux which can be devoured in a couple of small bites. We were further delighted with two platters of traditional local pastries (more info below) and a lemon souffle. The platter comes with hot beverages – choose any two from Ghee Hiang home brand beverage selections or freshly brewed coffee & tea by pot selections. I had the Pure White Coffee, a smooth, creamy cup of coffee.
Do be sure to make a reservation before hand as only three sets are available each day.
LIGHT AFTERNOON TEA SELECTION
If you are in the mood for a lighter choice, the Light Afternoon Tea Selection (Artisan Cakes & Divine Macaroons) makes a great option. Priced at RM48.80, it includes two pieces of cakes and two macaroons. Besides, it comes with two hot beverages choices from Ghee Hiang home brand beverage selections or freshly brewed coffee & tea by pot selections.
The Light Afternoon Tea Selection with Ghee Hiang Signature Hot Baked Pastries will be ideal for those who have their heart set on indulging in local pastries. There are four platters to choose from and each platter includes a choice of hot beverage from Ghee Hiang home brand beverage selection or freshly brewed coffee & tea by pot selection.
The varieties of pastries hot from the oven include tau sar pneah (mung bean flaky pastry), beh teh saw, Oriental almond cookies, hneoh pneah, matcha crisps, sesame crisps and phong pneah (golden baked custard).
Platter 1 (RM 12.80)
Tau Sar Pneah (2 pieces) – Light fluffy skin pastry filled with sweet and salty blended green mung beans with hint of fried onions.
Beh Teh Saw (2 pieces) – Flaky skin pastry encased with gooey melted molasses combined with toasted sesame seeds.
Platter 2 (RM 12.80)
Tau Sar Pneah (2 pieces) – Light fluffy skin pastry filled with sweet and salty blended green mung beans with a hint of fried onions.
Oriental Almond Cookies (2 pieces) – A crumbly cookie made from freshly grounded almonds, baked till golden brown and crispy.
Platter 3 (RM 13.80)
Phong Pneah (1 piece) – Light flaky pastry filled with melted pure white sugar.
Hneoh Pneah (2 pieces) – Flaky wheat pastry filled with sweet filling made from the finest brown sugar, baked till light brown colour.
Sesame Crisps (4 pieces) – Thin layers of sesame crisps baked with toasted sesame seeds.
Matcha Crisps (4 pieces) – Thin layers of matcha crisps lightly baked with fine silky textured and scented green tea powder.
Platter 4 (RM 13.80)
Mothers’ Golden Hot-Bake Phong Pneah (2 pieces)
This light flaky pastry made with traditional century-old best-kept secret recipe is a confinement food that has always been served to new mothers. It has since been given a new modern twist – baked to crisp goodness, encasing hot egg custard filling with fragrant aroma of Ghee Hiang sesame oil.
So, the next time you wish to have an Afternoon Tea, make a visit to Teels Heritage Cafe. The Afternoon Tea begins at 3pm until 6pm.
Teels Heritage Cafe
144G & H Burmah Road
10400 George Town
Tel: 04 – 2288177
Closed on Monday
* Many thanks to Teels Heritage Cafe for extending this invitation.