Thunder tea rice or lei cha is one of those polarising dishes that has most people split into two camps: you either love it or hate it.
The traditional Hakka dish comes as a bowl of rice usually topped with a melange of chopped vegetables, fried beancurd (tau kwa) as well as preserved radish (chye poh), peanuts, and sometimes anchovies (ikan bilis)for a satisfying crunch. Then there’s the accompanying green broth that you pour in, with a distinct herbaceous flavour thanks to a pulverised mix of tea leaves, and herbs like Thai basil, coriander and mint. Some stalls also offer toppings or sides such as fried tofu with minced meat filling or omelettes to make it a more substantial meal.
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