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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

VEGETARIAN TEA RICE (LUI CHA) FOR DINNER.

One evening, we went to our local hawker centre for our dinner. From the parking area, I saw a big green banner across the back of the stall. For the past few weeks we have seen a couple cleaning up the corner stall which was left empty for some time. That particular evening, I saw that the stall has started its business. It is selling Hakka Vegetarian Tea Rice or Vegetarian Lui Cha (in Chinese) which is a speciality of the Hakka people. 
I like Lui Cha and I walked over to order a set for myself.
My hubby doesn't like Lui Cha because it has a green taste that comes from the many types of raw veggie and herbs.
 A bowl of white rice with generous toppings of goodies which almost covered the rice. The goodies consist of preserved radish (choy poh), green vegetables, and many others, all finely cut. It also included toasted peanuts, sesame seeds & chili padi, etc.
 A bowl of pounded or blended herbal green tea or soup to go with the rice.
Some likes to eat the rice and soup alternately but some like me, prefer to pour the tea over the rice and eat it together. Every mouthful is full of chewy bite because of the peanuts and cut veggies. 
One set of Vegetarian Tea Rice is MYR4.50 (approx. 1.04 USD)
The stall is manned by a husband and wife team.
Since I was not sitting in front of their stall but further away at the Claypot Rice stall, I have to carry the food tray to where I will be sitting and after I have finished, I will have to bring the same back to the stall. Self-service.
The business has just started about a month ago. They were formerly operating their business near Station 18. Now they have moved and set up their business in the First Garden Hawker Centre where the rental rate is cheaper.

My work was to plant the seed in your hearts,

and Apollos' work was to water it, but it was God, not we,

who made the garden grow in your hearts.

(1 Corinthians 3:6, TLB)

36 comments:

  1. That looks like a very nutritious meal. I bet i would like that.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  2. I would try that dish for sure. I'm into more rice and veggies than meat, although I love small amounts of meat.

    Have a fabulous day my friend. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee. Have a fabulous day too!

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  3. It looks colourful, tasty and healthy! :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. I never tried this before as i worry i might not like it...

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    1. Hello Sharon, the first time I tried it I didn't like it. But after eating a few more mouthful, I found that it was tasty. Have a lovely day!

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  5. I love to eat Hakka lui cha. Very tasty especially the taste of all the vegetables together. Have a Terrific Thursday tomorrow!

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    1. Thank you, Mun. Ha ha I love all the chewy goodies. Have a terrific day too!

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  6. Namcy green meal is looks fantastic. IS it tasty?

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    1. Hello Gosia, if you like the smell and taste of herbs, then it will be tasty for you. Have a fantastic day!

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  7. It certainly looks bright, very green!

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    1. Hello Mamas, it green comes from pounding or blending of the green herbs. Have a beautiful day!

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  8. That looks very healthy! I tried leaving a message yesterday but couldn't find the comment button. I thought the 3 dress choices for the young lady were very nice!

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    1. Thank you, Joyful. I too think the dresses are very nice too! Have a great day!

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  9. It's certainly very colourful for a meal.

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    1. Thank you, William. Have a lovely day!

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  10. This is a very healthy food but sad to say I dislike it. My hub would love this as he is a Hakka.

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    1. Hello Irene, ha ha you either like or dislike this food. My hubby dislike it, he won't even taste it because the green soup frightens him.

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  11. Me too...I don't know how to appreciate the green soup...smell green :)

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    1. Hello Elin, yes, some cannot stand the strong smell of green and also the smell of Thai basil. Have a happy day!

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  12. Hi Nancy,
    I've not tasted this authentic Hakka food and haven't seen my in-law made this dish.It looks healthy with veggie and crunchy peanuts.

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    1. Hello Karen, I heard that there's a lot of work involved in preparing this dish. Now I have grown to appreciate this dish. Have a beautiful day!

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  13. Oh, this is lovely. I like eating this, but it's a rare find. The places I know that have this is located a distance away from home. I come from a Hakka family. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. We have a few places selling this but not every place has nice lui cha. Have a lovely day!

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  14. Many have asked me to try this but till today i still dont dare. Maybe coz too much green color

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    1. Lol! You are not alone, many of my friends do not dare try this and some do not like it. Like you said, the green colour scares them. Have a beautiful day!

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  15. Nancy, I've always been curious about lui cha but I am scared that I might not like the taste. Maybe it's an acquired taste, may not taste nice at first but grows on you?

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    1. Hello Phong Hong, I think its an acquired taste in my case. Have a great day!

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  16. Delicias bem coloridas.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. Have a happy day!

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    1. Thank you, Tom. Have a fantastic day!

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  18. That green stuff sure looks 'kau'! Really good value for money hehe.

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    1. Hello Stacy, that bowl of green stuff is really "kau" and its full of nutrition. Have a lovely weekend!

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