Live like the main character of a Chinese period drama for a day at this unique teahouse in Johor Bahru offering grill-it-yourself snacks, hanfu dress-up experiences & more

by Christabel Tan

As we all know, there is no shortage of fun activities that go beyond eating, shopping, and massages in Johor Bahru.

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If you’ve just had a heavy meal, and are looking for a place to wind down at that’s not the usual cafe or bar, why not try something different for a change at Tea & Ember?

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Located in Mount Austin (just a nine-minute walk from the viral lala pot eatery), this Chinese-style cafe brands itself as a teahouse, and it certainly looks the part.

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Tea connoisseur or not, you’ll be spoilt for choice at the extensive selection of Hot and Cold teas, that include the likes of Flower Tea, Roasted Milk Tea, and even Champagne and Beer Tea — think Da Hong Pao, Lapsang Souchong, Tangerine Peel Pu’er…the list goes on!

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Most tend to go for the the signature Stove-boiled Tea (from S$8.25, RM28.80 for tea and snacks), which is served on an electric stove.

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The majority of tea options come with Tea Snack Platters, which lets you choose from an assortment of sweet and savoury snacks like Red Dates, Dried Shredded Squid, Black Sesame Balls, Peanut Cookies, Cranberry Green Bean Cake, Broad Beans Chilli, Dried Strawberries, and so much more.

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Aside from using it to brew tea, the stove will also come in handy for grilling snacks like Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Corn, Glutinous Rice Cake, Chestnuts, and Marshmallows. Kinda like camping, but indoors!

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Those who prefer to go down the high tea route can order the Floral Pastry Sets, comprising a pot of Flower Tea and flower-shaped “palace-style” pastries in flavours like Salted Egg, Purple Sweet Potato, and Green Tea Red Bean.

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Seeking something more substantial? Take your pick from a modest selection of small bites like Taiwanese Sausage w Homemade BBQ Sauce (S$4.60, RM14.90) and Pu Er Tea Egg (S$0.86, RM3).

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The teahouse also offers hearty yet nourishing mains like Scallion Oil Noodles (S$3.69, RM12.90), Salmon Chazuke Rice (S$7.70, RM26.90), and even Mini Tea Hot Pot (S$8.56, RM29.90). Yes, actual tea in a hotpot with meat and vegetables.

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If you’d like to step back in time and have your very own “main character of a Chinese period drama” moment, the Hanfu Experience, priced at just S$8.55 (RM29.90), inclusive of one set of hanfu (traditional clothing worn by the Han Chinese), basic hairstyling, and accessories, will let you do just that.

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Feel free to snap as many photos as you like — both at the entrance of the teahouse and at the designated photo spot.

So, the next time you plan on eating your way around JB, be sure to stop by Tea & Ember for a tea-rrific time with friends!

吃茶趣 Tea & Ember
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📍 12, Jln Austin Heights 7/7, Taman Mount Austin, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
🕒 12.30pm–11pm (Thu & Fri, Mon & Tue), 11.30am–11pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Wed

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