The popular High Tea Jubilee returns to the Ratchaprasong area all this month
THE RATCHAPRASONG Square Trade Association once again teams up with eight pastry chefs from leading hotels and tea-rooms in downtown Bangkok in marking the hottest month of the year with a High Tea Jubilee on the theme “summer tea party”.
A perfect place to indulge in a fusion of East and West cultures, this second edition of the gustatory event features tantalising sweet treats and delectable delicacies paired with leading tea blends from around the world.
Anantara Siam, Grand Hyatt Erawan, Renaissance Bangkok, Centara Grand @ Central World, InterContinental Bangkok, The St Regis, Twinings Tea Bouitique and 1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt are all taking part, drawing inspiration from upper-class tea traditions in several countries including Thailand, France, England, Morocco and China.
“We are reflecting Thainess through a selection of traditional Thai dishes that are hard to find even in the better restaurants. We want to give customers a new experience by adapting ingredients to create new textures and flavours while sticking to original recipes and cooking techniques,” says Achara, who has worked at Erawan Tea Room for more than two decades.
Chor Muang Sai Poo is a steamed flower-shaped dumpling filled with crabmeat, Larb Gai is made with spicy minced chicken salad served on carved cucumbers and Ma Hor is minced turnip, peanut and coriander root on pineapple. For those who prefer Western tastes, bite-sized morsels of creamy Salmon Rillettes are also on offer.
All-time favourite dessert Nam Dok Mai Mangoes with Sticky Rice is joined on the sweet menu by such Thai favourites as Kanom Krok (crispy rice pudding with a filling of taro, corn, pumpkin or spring onion), Kanom Gluay (banana dumpling in banana leaf cone), Kanom Bueng (sweet or salty crispy bean crepes), Kanom Mor Gaeng (gratinated egg custard) and Look Chub (sweet bean paste in colourful fruit forms).
The Lobby of Anantara Siam Bangkok welcomes guests with plenty of cool air and three exclusive tea blends by Marriage Freres. Inspired by the White Elephant, Thailand’s national animal, the Elephant Blanc tea combines lavender and rose aromas. Lune Rouge (red moon) is green tea grown and harvested once a year in the Golden Triangle and boasts a honey flavour balanced by ginger and French rose, while the Temple De L’aube is a calming blend inspired by Bangkok’s famed Temple of Dawn. Its flowery taste is enhanced by notes of citrus and other exotic fruits and highlighted by mild spices.
Executive pastry chef Laurent Duffaut creates a French-style afternoon tea set (Bt850) on weekdays and an afternoon tea buffet (Bt950) on weekends.
He offers sour but refreshing Rosella Granita, Passion Fruit Elderflower Dome on Breton biscuit, Blueberry Tart, Raspberry Panna Cotta with raspberry jelly, scented Orange Blossom Pana Cotta and Coconut Lime Canele, Savarin Financier topped with smooth pistachio mousse and layered Berry Opera Cake.
Also on offer is a basket of scones blended with Thai basil and coconut and served with homemade raspberry jam, lemon curd and imported Devonshire clotted cream.
“This year, we have chosen to highlight some famous French desserts including the Breton, opera cake and savarin financier, which is a butter cookie baked with sugar and topped with smooth pistachio mousse. We are also offering a Bordeaux favourite called canele and are giving it an exotic taste with coconut and lime mousse.”
Chicken Caesar Sandwich is topped with crispy parmesan cheese, Salmon Tartare comes with mashed avocado, salmon roe and guacamole in a charcoal cone while Roule Brie de Meux sandwich is stuffed with brie cheese, cucumber and bell pepper.
The set comes with two colourful drinks. Berry Brush Summer Delight blends blueberry, raspberry and blackcurrant and Blue Paradise Iced Tea is an interesting mix of exotic mango and ginger green tea.
“We often put our signature Earl Grey tea into desserts. Its origins date back to the early nineteenth-century when Charles, the second Earl Grey, and England’s Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834, rescued a Chinese villager and was rewarded with Chinese black teas. Before it ran out, he asked Twinings to recreate his favourite tea blend. Our Earl Grey is a blend of quality Chinese black tea and bergamot essential oil. Another best seller is English Breakfast, which blends quality black tea leaves from India, Sri Lanka and Kenya,” brand ambassador Theerasak Phangmuangdee explains.
The festival runs through April 30.
Erawan Tea Room is on the second floor of Erawan Bangkok. The set is available from 2.30 to 6pm. Call (02) 254 6250.
The Lobby Lounge is on the first floor of Anantara Siam Bangkok. The afternoon tea set is available from 2pm to 6pm weekdays and the afternoon tea buffet on weekends at the same time. Call (02) 126 8866.
Twinings Tea Boutique is on the first floor of CentralWorld. It’s open daily from 10am to 10pm. Call (02) 613 1230.
R Bar is on the first floor of Renaissance and high tea is available from 2 to 7pm. Call (02) 125 5105.
The Drawing Room is on the 12th floor of the St Regis and tea is served from 2 to 5pm. Call (02) 207 7777.
Balcony Lounge is on the Lobby Floor of InterContinental Bangkok. The set is available from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Call (02) 656 0444 extension 6476.
The Zing Bakery is on the first floor of the Centara Grand and the set is available from 2 to 5pm. Call (02) 100 1234, extension 6485.
1823 Tea Lounge by Ronnefeldt is on the first floor of Gaysorn. It’s open daily from 10am to 8pm. Call (02) 656 1086.