The Clifford Pier: Enjoy Heritage Afternoon Tea in Singapore
I had an enjoyable afternoon tea at Clifford Pier last weekend with Elisah, an interior design blogger from Amsterdam. Offering distinctively local afternoon tea menu, the set offers a mix of sandwiches, savoury items, assorted pastries, cakes and scones that may be topped up.
Each afternoon tea set comes with traditional local coffee (Kopi), tea (Teh Tarik), or rose syrup milk drink, Bandung, constituting a perfect accompaniment to an idyllic afternoon in the plush settings of the restaurant. We started our afternoon tea with bite-sized delights which include the Kurobuta Pork Kong Ba Bao with Man Tou, a traditional snack of braised pork belly with garlicky soy sauce, sandwiched in a steamed bun. In The Clifford Pier’s rendition, the Kong Ba Bao is given a premium touch with the use of Kurobuta Pork. There is also a dish of Chilli Crab Bao to represent our local iconic dish, but I thought they can be more generous with the chilli crab fillings.
There are also innovative items such as the Bak Kwa Jam Sandwich, featuring charcoal-grilled, pureed and diced pork served on local bread (roti) and Hae Bee Hiam Sandwich, where house-made fried dried prawns seasoned with local spices are served on local bread (roti).
Hand-crafting popiah egg skins from scratch, the Mini Popiah is wrapped in Handmade Nonya Egg Skin. I like the Nonya Chicken Curry & Roti Jala Wrap, featuring an authentic Nonya curry based on Shermay’s grandmother’s chicken curry recipe. The fragrant curry and fork-tender chicken is wrapped in a delicate lacy pancake made fresh by hand with a traditional Roti Jala dispenser.
No afternoon tea will be complete without an assortment of sweet indulgences, including the rustic Pineapple-Vanilla Thumbprint Cookie, a classic butter cookie filled with homemade pineapple-vanilla jam, and a five-point Roselle Jam Linzer Cookie that salutes Singapore’s national flag with its star shape and enticing red hue.
I like the Bandung Macaron, a dainty and pretty confection in pink that conjures up childhood memories with sweet flavours of the rose syrup often used in local beverages and desserts; as well as a Sugee Financier, a mini version of the beloved Nonya and Eurasian butter cake made of sugee (semolina) and accented with a hint of local rose extract.
Paying tribute to the pier’s colonial past, the afternoon tea menu also offers traditional English scones, but not without a twist. The Buttermilk Scones baked fresh daily are served with a refreshing Roselle (Hibiscus) Jam. The scones go perfectly with clotted cream and Homemade Pineapple-Vanilla Jam flavoured with ample vanilla seeds.
The items in the Afternoon Tea are uniquely local which reminds me of the afternoon snacks I used to have in the past. They are classics with simple flavours. The Singapore Heritage Afternoon Tea menu will be available from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm daily. It is priced at S$38 per adult and S$19 per child.
The Clifford Pier
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, Singapore 049326
Tel: 6597 5266
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