Would you spend HK$8,888 (about US$1140) for high tea?
Neither would I, but then if you're filthy rich and $8,888 is just pocket change, Hong Kong's most expensive afternoon tea can be found in the Chater Lounge at the Ritz Carlton, at least until the hotel gets converted into an office tower.
Their communications rep said the white tea - favoured by Middle-Eastern royals well known for their frugal ways - will be chased with a rare Krug bubbly and accompanied by expensive nibbles, including foie gras mousse, caviar, Boston lobster, wagyu beef, black truffle-wrapped crayfish and Iberico ham. The sweet stuff includes overpriced chocolates, macaroons, souffles and bird's nest vanilla creme. The whole posh deal will include a personal butler and be presented on gold-laced premium Wedgewood chinaware. Oh, to be rich and extremely stupid.
To Hong Kong's wealthy elite, such extravagance represents a tiny percentage of their income, therefore it's no big deal. That's why they wear Rolexes and drive Rolls-Royces; they can afford the best. But even the hotel knows that not many will partake of the luxury meal; it limits the event to a maximum of six people and requires 24 hours' notice.
Instead of gorging on rich treats, I suggest they eat an inexpensive, healthy meal, and then take that $8,888 and use it to help other people.
Call it soul food.