A CHOICE OF HEALTHY FOOD
Lei Cha or also known as Thunder Tea Rice or Pounded Tea, is a popular traditional Hakka beverage or gruel made of tea leaves, herbs, sesame and nuts. The Chinese word “Lei” means “grinding” in Hakka dialogue, while “Cha” means “tea”. Lei Cha is a tasty and appetizing healthy food with its unusual green colour and tastes a bit salty.
在客家人传统的日常生活中，「擂茶」是招待贵宾的一种茶点， 可直接饮用，亦可泡饭作为主食。「擂」是指研磨之意， 顾名思义是将茶叶，花生，芝麻等食材，放进「擂钵」內用「擂棍」研磨成糊状后，用沸水冲泡（或加水在锅中煮）成养生的茶饮。因用擂钵研磨，而称 「擂茶」。它的味道甘甜中带点咸，是一种非常健康的食品。
BENEFITS OF LEI CHA
Lei Cha not only high in calcium, iron, fibre and rich in nutrients. It also helps to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, ease digestion and gastric, strengthen immune system, combat flu and headache, maintain youth and enhance beauty.
THE HISTORY OF LEI CHA
Lei Cha’s healthy reputation extends back to the era of the Three Kingdoms or even Han Dynasty. Legend has it that General Zhang Fei was about to capture Chengdu when his troops fell ill from the plague. Fortunately, there was an old doctor prescribed this herbal concoction (raw rice, raw tea and raw ginger were mixed with boiling water to make pulverized tea), which miraculously cured the men and helped them win the battle. This explains how Lei Cha has another name as “Three Raw Materials Soup”.
How to Eat Lei Cha?
Lei Cha Alone
The Lei Cha can be eaten alone, served as a beverage/soup.
Lei Cha Bibimbap
Scoop half bowl of cooked rice then topped with veggies and condiments. Pour in hot Lei Cha soup and serve it immediately. You may serve rice and Lei Cha soup separately if desired.
How to Prepare Lei Cha Soup?
- No cooking needed!
- Add 80ml of hot water to Lei Cha Paste.
- For different texture and variety, add more water and veggies/ nuts to your liking.