Af­ter­noon De­light

Dainty treats, steam­ing teacups, soft mu­sic and sparkling con­ver­sa­tion – find out what makes a good af­ter­noon tea in the city

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With eat­ing such an in­te­gral Malaysian pas­time, it comes as no sur­prise that the Bri­tish prac­tice of af­ter­noon tea is such a pop­u­lar din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially in Kuala Lumpur.

It’s im­por­tant to dis­tin­guish be­tween af­ter­noon tea and high tea, as these terms tend to be used in­ter­change­ably in Malaysia. High tea orig­i­nated as the equiv­a­lent of our din­ner; a more ro­bust meal con­sumed be­tween 5pm to 7pm by the Bri­tish work­ing class. The ‘high’ here used to sig­nify ‘ad­vanced’, in this case mean­ing much later in the day. More con­fus­ingly, they also used to call their lunch ‘din­ner’!

Mean­while, af­ter­noon tea is syn­ony­mous with the iconic three-tier cake stand, scones with jam and cream and a steam­ing pot of tea. It’s usu­ally eaten be­tween 3pm to 5pm and is es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with women, who use it as an ex­cuse to dress up and en­joy pretty pas­tries in a lovely set­ting with their friends. Of course, men can do the same if they want! It’s this type of tea that is the fo­cus of this fea­ture so ex­pect pretty del­i­ca­cies aplenty!

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