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4) I am no normal tea

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“擂茶”, in Chinese literally means Lei Tea (pounded tea).  The name Lei arises from the Lei stick (wooden stick) that was used to grind the ingredients.  This iconic Hakka food is healthy and body cleansing.  It was known that Lei Tea was originated from the Three Kingdom, China.

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In Singapore, Lei Tea is also known as “Thunder Tea” as the word “Lei” has the same pronunciation as “Thunder” in Chinese language.  The dish is served with brown or white rice, tops up with various chopped ingredients like long beans, tofu, peanuts, cabbage, pickled radish and green vegetables.  The ingredients can be varies, as for vegetarian Ikan Bilis (anchovies) is optional.

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The tea soup itself is a composite of different types of tea leaves.  Herbs (like mint, basil), nuts, seeds and beans ground together with the Lei stick to form a light green paste or powder.  Hot water is then added to the tea paste/powder to go along with the rice.

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For some, trying the savory soup for the first time may find it raw.  But it has a refreshing after taste!  The healthy green fragrance may lure you back for more each time!  Unlike the normal tea we have daily, Lei Tea is a healthy food mix with tint of ancient culture and healthy modern lifestyle people adore these days!

 If you happen to see it, try it!  You may like it!  But beware, not to let the tea steal the thunder out of you!

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45 thoughts on “4) I am no normal tea

  1. I had fresh memories of enjoying Lei Tea when I was very small, in a Hakka friend’s house. That feast was unforgettable — they put all ingredients (nuts, chopped vegetables……) all in individual bowls, so the table was completely covered with a variety of colour and types of food. The ‘problem’ of Lei Tea is that it’s so delicious that you could end up eating too much without realising it. I’d love to be able to prepare a meal like this one day. Thank you for bringing back my memories.

    • And the wonderful things is the fragrance stay in your mouth.
      At first, it was quite reject to me as the soup make me feel like I am a cow.
      But after a few try, I slowly getting fond of it!
      Is amazing!
      Thanks, Janet!

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  3. Oh I so want to try that

  4. Looks fabulous and healthy too… Please send a take-away to PO Box Panda !

  5. Looks yummy, but I’m not sure that I can find it here in Jakarta. Perhaps I can try it when I’m visiting your country.

  6. Wow I thought that was some sort of green tea at first! Is Lei Tea’s flavor really strong and overwhelming? It certainly looks very interesting, but seems a bit overwhelming!

    • Not really, the soup is full of herbs fragrant and the rice with topping it has his nature sweetness in it!
      Not so salty and not so oily! Is just nice for me! The first time when I tried I feel like I am a cow, late part I feel like a bird!
      Now I feel like I got a wings!

  7. I love Lei Tea! I used to stay with a Hakka nanny when I was young.
    I would add a lot of peanut and sesame during the grinding. :P

    • I am sure Malaysia are more authentic than Singapore. After a few try, I love it so much!
      And slowly, I am going to introduce to more people. Good things has to prolong!
      Thanks, Ck!

  8. Thunder Tea for the Win bro !! damm nice ..

  9. Wow, that tea looks amazing. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for it. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!

  10. sydney, my first time to try this was in ipoh, malaysia and i have to admit that i thought it was weird. but hey, it actually tastes good!

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