Discover an ancient culture of tea drinking within Malay society. 500 years ago before the introduction of Chinese tea, Ceylon tea & Japanese tea or even English tea, the Malay community was producing tea from various indigenious plants as their daily beverage and also for medicinal benefits.
– the Malay teahouse –
When we heard about the word ‘tea’ we instantly think about the drink prepared from the leaves of Camellia Sinensis. But Malay Tea is difference from this. It is not prepared from the dried leaves of Camellia Sinensis. It is prepared from many herb plants, using only fresh leave. As it is prepared from different herb plants, it has no specific flavor like the common tea.
Now, the tea, unlike the normal tea – is caffeine free and it’s the dried leaves of herb plants. Browsing through the menu and the shelves, there are 22 different teas including Bitter Gourd, Cat Whiskers, Sweet Basil, Lemongrass and Mistletoe Fig. Reputed to have therapeutic purposes. The Cat Whiskers which is good for hyper-tension and the Ginger tea which aids digestion.
“Phyllanthus Niruri” Shatter Stone (dukung anak)
Dukung Anak has been used by many generations f the Malay folks for the treatm ent of yellow fever, anaemia, asthma, dysentery and to a certain extent, diabetes. One thing for sure is that the plant, which goes by the scientific name of phyllanthus niruri, has indeed been used for the treatment of Hepatitis-B.
“Cymbopogon Citratus” Lemongrass Leaf (daun serai)
Lemongrass has been used for centuries in Asia and by Herbalist and Ayurvedic herbalism. It is traditionally used to combat depression and bad moods, relieve congestion, coughing, bladder disorders, headaches, fever, stomach aches, digestive problems, diarrhea, gas, bowel spasms, vomiting, flu symptoms, as a mild sedative and to promote perspiration and as a possible cholesterol lowering agent. Studies show that lemongrass has antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
“Citrus Hystrix” Kaffir Lime Leaf (daun limau purut)
Kaffir Lime Leaf contains high antioxidant activity, rich in flavonoid, polyphenol and has some antibacterial properties as well as a wide variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B1, B2, Sodium, Potassium, Iron and Calcium. Because of its high concentration in flaonoid and polyphenol it may prevent heart disease and cancer. Kaffir Lime Leaves is said to have many health benefits, including lowering your cholesterol, helping to slow the aging process and as a powerful remedies for menstrual pain and also boasting your immune system.
“Momordica Charatia” Bitter Gourd (peria)
Bitter Gourd being rich in all the essential vitamins and minerals, especially A, B1, B2 and Iron, its regular uses helps to prevent many complications such as hypertension, eye complications, neuritis and defective metabolism of carbohydrates. It increases body’s resistance against infections. Bitter Gourd is highly beneficial ad helps in the treatment of blood disorders like blood boils, scabies, itching, psoriasis, ring-worm and other fungal diseases. Helps achieve positive sugar regulating effects y suppressing the neural response to sweet taste stimuli. Helps in Diabetes Melitus.
“Orthosiphon stamineus” Cat Whiskers Leaf ( daun misai kucing)
For generations, native communities in south East Asia have benefited from the goodness of cat whickers leaf. Numerous clinical studies conducted in America, Asia and Europe since early last century has identified 23 pharmacology useful compounds present in cat whiskers leaf. Cat whiskers leaf is diuretic and has been traditionally used in the prevention or management of diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, gout, kidney stone and many other ailments.
“Andrographis Paniculate” King of Bitters (daun hempedu bumi)
Long known in traditional Asian medicine as an immune system booster, Hempedu Bumi has demonstrated significant activity in fighting common cold, flu, and upper respiratory infections. Hempedu Bumi contains many flavonoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.
“Centella Asiatica” Pennywort Leaf (daun pegaga)
Traditionally has been used for treating bronchitis, asthma, and excessive secretion of gastric juice, dysentery, leucorrhoea, kidney trouble, urethritis and dropsy. This herb is said to have a direct action in lowering blood pressure and is often referred to as a rejuvenating medicament. It is also believed to be good for mothers who have just been given birth and for preserving youthfulness.
“Psidium Guajava” Guava Leaf (daun jambu)
Traditionally used for dysentery (bacterial and amoebic), diarrhea, colic, and infantile rotavirus enteritis. This also functions as a broad spectrum antimicrobial for internal and external bacterial, fungal, candidal, and amoebic infections. To tone, balance, protect and strengthen the heart (and fo arrhythmia and some heart disease). This also function as a cough suppressant, analgesic (pain-reliever), and febrifuge (reduces fever) for colds, flu, sore throat, etc.
Malay Tea House
Malay Tea House nestled between a fruit bar and a dry foods store at 2nd floor of Central Market . Walking in is like going back in time and landing in an old kampung house kitchen, complete with wooden benches, tiled table tops, oil lamps and keroncong music.
The first Malay Tea House is located in the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. It is a single story 1929 colonial bungalow tastefully renovated to give it the traditional Malay look and feel. This tea house is designed for distinguish guest t
o be pampered and treated with various Malay Traditional tea, traditional herbs and traditional food in an ambience of the Malaysia wooden furniture.
With the surrounding forest … it’s breathtaking.
As with all Malay houses you take your shoes off when entering. You’re then warmly greeted by staff who are ever ready serve you. Shelves and shelves of different teas line most of the walls while traditional Malay knick knacks tastefully decorate the interior. One of the rooms is the dining area and you can also dine by the balcony. There are also 2 huge gazebos with tables and chairs.
Rendang Tok and Ketupat Palas.
Malay Tea House even offers Malay tea namely pegaga, hempedu and other teas with healing properties. Tea, healing properties or not, comes either in a pot or with ice and sweetened with jungle honey. All tea costs about RM6. A must-try is the Pink Guava Leaf iced tea that can kick iced lemon tea butt any day.
The menu lists traditional Malay food like Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, Mee Sup, Mee Hoon Goreng, Rendang Tok, Ketupat Palas, Otak Otak, Malay Kueh and Traditional Ice Cream.
The Ketupat Palas with Rendang Tok and Otak Otak are hot & fresh. The Ketupat Palas (boiled glutinous rice wrapped in Palas leaf) was soft and juicy. The Rendang Tok tasted like it was fresh from the wok. The Otak Otak (spiced fish paste grilled in coconut leaf) was hot, fresh and delicious.
You can also purchase the teas and traditional Malay handicrafts. An excellent place to share with visitors for a “cuppa”, this place offers a total escape experience that is hard to come by.
They will be opening up a new outlet this November at the Waterfront, Kelana Jaya .