If the Chinese and the English have one thing in common, it's their mutual love of tea. But there are key differences in how they drink it and what they drink it with. Can East meet West over tea?
A Chinese restaurant at a hotel in Hong Kong is out to prove that it can!
Above & Beyond at Hotel Icon will launch a Chinese afternoon tea set in December 2013, serving Chinese-style dim sum the way English afternoon tea is usually served.
Created by Chinese Executive Chef Joseph Tse, the afternoon set tea will begin with a Sweetened Almond Cream with Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs.
Seven dim sum specialties will follow: Crispy-fried Puff stuffed with Prawns, Pork Dumpling with Halibut and Black Mushroom, Mushroom Dumpling with Pumpkin, Crispy Taro Cake, Crab Meat Puff, Baked Goose Liver and Pineapple Puff, and Smoke Duck Breast delicately layered in Steamed Bun.
Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho will follow up with Chestnut Crème Brulee, Raspberry Lemon Cheese Ball, Blueberry Tea with Chocolate Brownie, Sesame Tuille, and several others treats.
This oriental afternoon tea set will be served every Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holiday between 3:00 pm and 5:30 pm. It will be priced at HK$488 plus service charge per set (for two people) served with either tea or brewed coffee.
Hotel Icon is located at 17 Science Museum Road in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui East section.
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