One-Ninety Bar and Candlenut Team Up for a Peranakan-Inspired Afternoon Tea Spread
We could all use an afternoon tea break from time to time. Hot on our radar is One-Ninety Bar’s Peranakan Weekend Afternoon Tea, a much-awaited collaboration with Candlenut’s chef-owner Malcolm Lee which will take place on the weekends of April and May (2pm to 5pm).
Tapping into his Peranakan heritage, Lee has prepared an enticing afternoon spread of Straits Chinese dishes, anchored in the essence and complexities of the traditional cuisine, but presented with a modern twist.
If you’re like us, start with the savouries that include the likes of kueh pie tee, otah toast, pang susi (sweet potato buns), and roti jala. The latter is a delicate coconut crepe that’s elevated with the accompaniment of Lee’s mum’s signature chicken curry.
It’s easy to indulge in savouries, so we’d like to remind you to save some space for the sweets. You’d wish for a separate stomach to fully enjoy the kaya and butter toast, kueh salat, kueh bingkah, buah keluak tart and lemongrass cake, among many others.
In addition, the hotel’s executive pastry chef Audrey Yee will also present her signature confections, including the popular freshly-baked vanilla and pandan scones served with homemade pineapple-gula melaka jam, strawberry-rose preserve and Devonshire clotted cream.
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Of course, bar manager Gabriel Carlos will pair these with his innovative tipples with a local touch. Why order plain coffee when you can have Kopi-O, comprising coffee-infused Mancino vermouth, 12-year Auchentoshan Scotch whisky and house cherry liqueur that will give you that much-needed caffeine boost in the afternoon. Enjoying your kuehs? Pair these with Pandan Kueh, Carlos’ boozy take on the classic combo of pandan and coconut.
After an afternoon feast of small bites and tipples, wind down the afternoon with the Candlenut Signature Tea Blend, a medley of oolong and butterfly pea flower with fragrant notes of jasmine and Pandan. Or, choose from a selection of speciality Monogram teas or Lavazza coffee that will be prepared at your table.