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Hakka Lei Cha “pounded tea”

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Lei Cha (pounded tea) is an old hakka tradition. It is made by adding water to grounded green tea,  sesame seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seed. I tried a hand at pounding the ingredients in a ceramic bowl with a wooden pestle and it’s not easy – it took 3 of us some time to pound the mixture into fine powder.  Nonetheless, it was great fun.

There can be slight variations in the taste of Lei Cha at different teahouses based on the kind of tea and ingredients used. The one I had rice crisps in it and is really wholesome and healthy. I felt quite full after drinking 3 cups of it. You can also buy tins of lei cha powder as gifts to friends or to consume in the comfort of your home.  Each tin can make 12 full glasses of lei cha.

The boss of this teahouse is really friendly. When he found out that we were from SE asia, he started telling his travelling experiences in Malaysia and the food he has tasted.

Written by clarine chai

June 7, 2011 at 11:46 am