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Simply Brew-tiful Ways To Celebrate International Tea Day In Singapore

Mark your calendars, for it is International Tea Day on 21 May! From attending tea appreciation workshops, to relishing tea-infused cuisine, and treating yourself to a taitai-worthy high-tea session, get ready to embark on a quali-tea adventure on our Little Red Dot.

Here's how you can make the most of this special day:

1. Attend a tea appreciation workshop


๐Ÿ“ Ying Xuan Teahouse, 78 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088499

Yixing Xuan Teahouse is one of those tea establishments in Singapore that’s out to debunk the myth that Chinese tea consists of only “the common, slightly bitter beverage that is served at Chinese wedding dinners and restaurants”, offering instead a wide spectrum of Chinese tea flavours you may not have even heard of.

Their workshops cater for as few as 2 pax up to groups of 25, and range from $58 to $150 nett per pax. You’ll get to identify the various tea leaves, learn about tea making equipment, delve into the traditional art of tea-making, and discover the distinctive health benefits of each variant of tea. Psst, they also host classes focused on the art of making tea, Kungfu-style!

Bubble tea

๐Ÿ“ Teahee, Foo Wah Industrial Building, 45 Jln Pemimpin, #08-03, Singapore 577197

Bubble tea may be a curveball for traditional tea purists, but let's be real - the main ingredient is tea! This could potentially be a fun activity for the fam as well.

Being the first studio in Singapore to solely offer bubble tea workshops, Teahee is the place to be if you spend wayyyy too much money on boba and would like to DIY at home. Each class focuses on a specific branch of bubble tea, so take your pick from fruit tea sessions to vegan boba tea to even alcoholic bubble tea workshops. Whatever floats your cup of tea indeed.

2. Try tea-inspired cuisine

Give the aromatic Thunder Tea Rice a chance

๐Ÿ“ Sunny Choice Café, 434 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678060 | Blk 630 Bukit Batok Central, #01-154, Singapore 650630 | Blk 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-158, Singapore 150125

๐Ÿ“ Pine Tree Café, 190 Middle Rd, #02-09/13, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979

๐Ÿ“ Hakka Thunder Tea Rice, 38A Margaret Drive, #02-34, Margaret Drive Hawker Centre, Singapore 142038

A beloved staple of the Chinese Hakka community, the curiously named Thunder Tea Rice, which is a direct translation of the Chinese version (lei cha fan), could be a turn-off for most people at first glance. What most people don’t know is that the dish is very tea-centric in flavour even though the appearance might indicate a high percentage of greens. The soup is made using green tea leaves, basil, mugwort, mint, coriander and peanuts. The result is a very aromatic concoction which would definitely be any bona fide tea lover’s… bowl of tea.

There are quite a few eateries in Singapore serving lei cha fan, but the ones stated above come highly rated.

3. Be a taitai for a day

Ngl, we’ve all wanted our Crazy Rich Asian moment where our day jobs don’t exist, we don’t have a single care in the world, and we only have to look good for other members of the same high SES echelon.

Grab your friends for some of the finest high tea sessions in Singapore. We’ve even listed them down by damage level (to your wallet, of course).

๐Ÿ’ธ Affordable: If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the British tradition of afternoon tea but with Singaporean delicacies, look no further than a champion of Peranakan cuisine, Violet Oon. Their National Gallery outlet, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, serves Peranakan-centric afternoon tea at a modest price of $59++ for two. Chomp down on tantalising treats such as Chilli Crab Tartlet with Quail Egg and the quintessential Kuay Pie Tee. For those with a sweet tooth, you’ll be glad to know the menu includes classic Singaporean favourites such as Chendol Pudding and Sweet Potato Kueh.

๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ Still can lah: There may be a dime and dozen restaurants offering wine pairing menus in Singapore, but a tea pairing menu is pretty uncommon. After all, tea drinking is an art, and other than consulting a tea sommelier, it can be quite confusing to non-discerning tea drinkers.

The Lobby Lounge at Capitol Kempinski Hotel offers an elegant solution to this with their Heritage Afternoon Tea (available till 26 May), which will set you back $52++ per pax on weekdays and $58++ on weekends. The menu presents a tasty mix of sweet and savoury creations inspired by local flavours, accompanied by the tea blend that is specially curated for each course. You can expect to munch on delights such as five spice duck rillette, salted egg capellini and chendol panna cotta.


๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ Ok, kinda ex: Of course, if money is no object, go for the crème-de-la-crème of high teas at The Grand Lobby, Raffles Hotel Singapore. The hotel is an institution by itself and indulging in an afternoon tea in the grandeur of the floor-to-ceiling Victorian pillars would be quite an unforgettable experience.

Feast on Raffles Hotel's classic home-made scones with clotted cream and rose petal jam, along with exquisite finger sandwiches and a curated selection of sweet treats. Polish these off with an impeccable hand-picked tea selection featuring loose tea leaves from JING. Oh, and the price? An eye-watering $98++ per pax of course.

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