Hi Tea @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Terminal 3

Ross was telling me that one time, May received a bottle of teelseed oil from her brother for her birthday.

“What the heck is teelseed?”

Well, teelseed is actually the seed of sesame! And in Asia, sesame oil is the queen of oils, full of nutritional and therapeutic benefits. Many consider it as food-medicine and it is the highly recommended oil used for cooking during Chinese mom’s confinement period.

Intrigued, I researched further and found that there are at least 10 evidence-based medicinal properties of this food-medicine and you can read them in details here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/open-sesame-10-amazing-health-benefits-super-seed

1) Diabetes.

2) High Blood Pressure.

3) Gingivitis/Dental Plaque.

4) Infant Health/Massage Oil.

5) Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

6) Antibiotic-Induced Kidney Damage.

7) Atherosclerosis.

8) Depression.

9) Radiation-Induced DNA Damage.

10) Cancer: Sesame contains a fat-soluble lignin with phytoestrogenic properties known as sesamin, and which has been studied for inhibiting the proliferation of a wide range of cancer cells, including:
Multiple Myleoma
Colon Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Breast Cancer
Lung Cancer
Pancreatic Cancer
Lung Cancer

May was raving about a particular brand of teelseed oil, Ghee Hiang’s “Baby Brand” (Ghee Hiang is 160 years old) which she said is not available in Singapore so when I found out that Jerry was going to visit an uncle in Penang, I put on my thick skin and ask him to get me 4 bottles of the must-have essential commodity!

Ghee Hiang Teel Seed Oil & Tau Sar Piah

Ghee Hiang, Penang’s oldest Tau Sar Pneah maker, opened its shop in 1856 and introduced Baby Brand Pure Sesame Oil in the 1900s, using traditional methods learnt from Fujian, China.
I tried the tau sar pneah and found them so so only. I have yet to try the sesame oil.

Ghee Hiang Teel Seed Oil

Ghee Hiang Manufacturing Co. Sdn Bhd.
Address: 216 Macalister Road, 10400 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: 604-227 2222.

Last Friday, I met up with Jerry to collect the teelseed oil. It was already too late for lunch so I suggested having tea at Crowne Plaza located at Changi International Airport Terminal 3. I’ve always like the drive to and fro the airport where the expressway is lavishly lined with pink and magenta bougainvillea on both sides.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Lobby Lounge of Crowne Plaza at Changi International Airport T3 where we had high tea.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Since it was high Tea, I had tea instead of coffee (remember I drink 16 cups a day!).
I had Ceylon Silver Tips White Tea on this occasion.
Ceylon Silver Tips White Tea is a rare handmade white tea from the Nuwara Eliya region of Ceylon, grown at 6000 feet elevation. The tender buds of the tea plant are hand-picked at dawn and carefully carried in a silk pouch and are entirely handmade. The pale liquor is surpassingly light and delicate. The beauty of the infused buds adds to the pleasure of this unique brew.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Jerry had coffee and took a sip before I could take a photo thus this cup doesn’t runneth over. Hahaha…

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

On offer are two sets of high tea – Sweet Selections at S$33++ or Sweet & Savoury at S$38++.
This was the Sweet & Savoury which we had.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Top Tier: Chocolate Manjari Cakes, English Truffles and Fruit Tarts.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Middle Tier: Smoked Salmon & Spinach Quiche, Ham & Cheese Sandwiches and Mushroom & Onion Tarts.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Bottom Tier: Blueberry Scones with Clotted Cream and Lemon Curd.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Jerry started with the warm scones.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

I broke my scones into two and smothered some butter and blueberry jam on one half and on the other half, clotted cream and lemon curd.
The chilled lemon curd was very sour but it worked.
By the way, are scones supposed to be crumbly or just dense? Still, these were better than those served in St. Regis!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Quiche was a tad too dry.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

Mushroom & Onion Tart – also dry!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hi Tea

English Truffles with Pistachio and Fruit Tarts with Raspberry Filling.

The service and food were ordinary. This is definitely not a high tea place I would highly recommend but if you have a craving for lemon curds and happened to be in Changi Airport…

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (connected to Changi Airport’s Terminal 3)
Address: 75 Airport Boulevard #01-01,
Singapore 819664.

Tel: (+65) 6823 5300

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

P.S. We did not have lunch and tea was not too happening, in the end I brought Jerry to 86 Bedok for just one dish!

Fei Lao Horfun

Fei Lao Horfun.
Jerry was happy with this!

Click here to see other dishes I’ve had at Fei Lao.

Click here to see Grand Astor High Tea in St Regis.

2 Responses to “Hi Tea @ Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Terminal 3”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Too bad about the quality, but I do enjoy the idea of a high tea.

    You still drink 16 cups of coffee a day? I thought you were slowing down, you know, for health reasons.

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