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