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My Food Stories: The Difference Between High Tea and Afternoon Tea

By Denise Chua | February 26, 2017


On the tiny island called Singapore that Mr. Good, Ms. Teatime, Mr. Bargain Hunter and Mr. MRT lives in, eating and movie watching are its occupants’ favourite pastimes. Like everyone on this island, these four friends often meet to watch movies and to eat.

On this day, they met to watch the latest blockbuster movie.

[After the movie]

Mr. Good:

“4pm, time for afternoon tea. Let’s grab a bite before dinner.”

Ms. Teatime (excitedly):

“Great Idea! I know of a nice place.”

Mr. Bargain Hunter (making a face):

“Huh? Are we going for some jiak buay ba (not filling) tai-tai (refers to a wealthy married woman who does not work) high tea?”

Mr. MRT:

“Oh No! I am kind of hungry. I want substantial food please.”

Ms. Teatime:

“Guys, I think you got everything mixed up. Afternoon Tea is not the same as High Tea.

Afternoon Tea originated from Britain as a light meal of snacks and tea, taken to curb hunger pangs experienced between Breakfast and Dinner (at that time there was no lunch). It was a meal taken only by the upper class, perhaps your equivalent of tai-tai. And because it was usually served on low tables, another name for it is in fact Low Tea.

High Tea or meat tea, on the other hand, was a heavier meal taken by the working class after work at about 5-7pm as an early dinner and is served on high tables (dinner table).”

Mr. MRT:

“Now I understand! High tea, served on high tables is a substantial meal. Low tea, served on low tables is a light meal.”

Ms. Teatime:

“Yes! You got it! Although it can get confusing nowadays because some High Teas are served on low tables and Afternoon Teas (Low Teas) may also be served on high tables."

***

Are you ready for some High Teas and Low Teas (Afternoon Teas)? Below are some recommendations for you.

L’éclair by Sarah Michelle @Singapore Shopping Centre
Entre-nous Creperie @Seah Street
Laurent’s Café & Chocolate Bar @The Pier at Robertson Quay
The Peranakan @Claymore Connect
Fosters @Holland Village

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My Food Stories

My Food Stories: The Difference Between High Tea and Afternoon Tea

By Denise Chua | February 26, 2017


On the tiny island called Singapore that Mr. Good, Ms. Teatime, Mr. Bargain Hunter and Mr. MRT lives in, eating and movie watching are its occupants’ favourite pastimes. Like everyone on this island, these four friends often meet to watch movies and to eat.

On this day, they met to watch the latest blockbuster movie.

[After the movie]

Mr. Good:

“4pm, time for afternoon tea. Let’s grab a bite before dinner.”

Ms. Teatime (excitedly):

“Great Idea! I know of a nice place.”

Mr. Bargain Hunter:

“Huh? Are we going for some jiak buay ba (not filling) tai-tai (refers to a wealthy married woman who does not work) high tea?”

Mr. MRT:

“Oh No! I am kind of hungry. I want substantial food please.”

Ms. Teatime:

“Guys, I think you got everything mixed up. Afternoon Tea is not the same as High Tea.

Afternoon Tea originated from Britain as a light meal of snacks and tea, taken to curb hunger pangs experienced between Breakfast and Dinner (at that time there was no lunch). It was a meal taken only by the upper class, perhaps your equivalent of tai-tai. And because it was usually served on low tables, another name for it is in fact Low Tea.

High Tea or meat tea, on the other hand, was a heavier meal taken by the working class after work at about 5-7pm as an early dinner and is served on high tables (dinner table).”

Mr. MRT:

“Now I understand! High tea, served on high tables is a substantial meal. Low tea, served on low tables is a light meal.”

Ms. Teatime:

“Yes! You got it! Although it can get confusing nowadays because some High Teas are served on low tables and Afternoon Teas (Low Teas) may also be served on high tables."

***

Are you ready for some High Teas and Low Teas (Afternoon Teas)? Below are some recommendations for you.

L’éclair by Sarah Michelle @Singapore Shopping Centre
Entre-nous Creperie @Seah Street
Laurent’s Café & Chocolate Bar @The Pier at Robertson Quay
The Peranakan @Claymore Connect
Fosters @Holland Village

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