Yii2 equivalent for htmlentities

Yii2 provides the HTML helper function encode() (https://www.yiiframework.com/doc/api/2.0/yii-helpers-basehtml#encode()-detail) , which runs an PHP htmlspecialchars.
But it seams not possible to pass one of that many options from Yii’s encode to PHPs htmlspecialchars, like ENT_QUOTES.
On the other hand, there seams no Yii2 equivalent for PHPs htmlentities for example to encode quotes, right?

So how is the best Yii-way to encode quotes, to realize something like that:

<?PHP $t = 'This is "the best".' echo 'bla'; ?>

Have you tried with php function htmlentities ?