Literally translates to Thunder Tea, is a Hakka dish. Lei 擂in Hakka dialect means “grind” but the homonym made it sound like thunder in Mandarin while Cha 茶 is tea in Chinese language. Thunder Tea rice meal or Lei Cha is considered healthy food as it contains ingredients like basil, cilantro, mint, parsley and ku lek sim, which were traditionally used to treat ailments. Mine was accompanied with organic brown rice and an assortment of stir-fried vegetables.
The stallholders told me they’ve added many different types of nuts in the green tea and it should taste less bitter than the traditional ones. The bitterness actually comes from a herb called “ku lek sim” which is supposed to have medicinal properties. I did not take to this dish with the tea. While the rice and vegetables on their own are very tasty, I decided this dish was not for me after a tiny sip of the green tea. I should have pinched my nose and down the tea as I believe it must be very good for the body; perhaps some detoxifying effect. If you like Lei Cha, this stall does not stinge on quality ingredients.
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There are many good food stalls in Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre. It is very crowded during weekends especially in the morning.
P.S. If you love Lei Cha, I can vouch this stall serves it in its entirety, and even more! The quality is definitely not questionable.
Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre
116 Upper Bukit Timah Road,
Living (wholesome vegetarian food)