Best Lei Cha in Penang

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What started off as a poor men's food during winter in the Hakka regions of Taiwan, today is a staple dish that nourishes your body and soul. This traditional Hakka dish is literally translated as pounded tea and offers a myriad of health benefits, definitely a mandatory for those of you who are looking to sluice your unhealthy sins. Commonly, generous proportions of rice, assorted vegetables and nuts brim in a bowl with another bowl of algae-hued broth towing along, which is made up of herbs, tea leaves, and sometimes peanuts. Lei cha may not be pervasive as it is in Taiwan, but we prepared a crib sheet for the best spots in Penang to school you that being healthy is always on the cards. 

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    This renowned restaurant has been a household name among the healthy food advocates on the island. Their sprawling branches are a dead giveaway that you should pay a visit too. The menu features a wide variety of healthy dishes that ticks the taste box too, where among the headliners are their signature Lei Cha. The soup is full of fragrance and flavour, thanks to precise boiling process with mint, basil and a host of spices. Accompanying is a platter of brown rice, draped with soybeans, sweet leaves, chopped carrots, cabbage, deep fried Tofu, chick peas, long beans, gingers and sesame seeds. Drizzle the soup onto this colourful concoction and savour the variation of texture and taste in every mouthful. Highly recommended. 

    Tips

    Check out their set meals

    Things to expect

    Clean and neat atmosphere

    Best with

    Passion Fruit Juice

    Price

    RM14.70 to RM30.00

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    Idealite Wellness Restaurant View restaurant

    3F-60, Plaza Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, George Town, Penang
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    042267296

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:00AM—09:00PM
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    Hakka Tree

    Another restaurant that has been earning a steady stream of patrons who take their health seriously. Expect a simple and neat ambience, and a decent selection of dishes that hits the sweet spot between taste and health benefits. Among the must-have here is the Lei Cha rice – bowl of colourful vegetables and nuts shrouded over a mound of brown rice and served with an aromatic green broth that imparts a genuine flavour depth into the dish. The tea is meticulously done to suit the taste buds of all ages, without being overpoweringly bitter. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page as they often introduce new dishes

    Things to expect

    Clean and neat space

    Best with

    Bean pudding

    Price

    RM10.90 to RM30.00

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    Hakka Tree View restaurant

    172, Solok Gurney 1, George Town, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164588396

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    Every day
    10:00AM—10:00PM
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    Seed Natural Food Cafe

    Aptly named, Seed Natural Food Cafe is a stickler for natural ingredients and dishes that do not contain artificial colouring of flavouring. If you happen to feel that healthy food with natural ingredients leans towards the bland side, this place will jostle away your notion.The menu boasts an ingenious selection of noodles and rice meals such as mee jawa, assam laksa, nasi ulam and many more.  And no visit here is deemed complete till you’ve savoured a serving of Lei Cha. A huge platter is chockfull with brown rice, surrounded by debris of vegetables and nuts, with a little bowl of herby tea by the side. Rudimentary ingredients that set a benchmark on how an ideal lei cha should be. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page for latest information

    Things to expect

    Clean and cosy ambience

    Best with

    Assorted desserts

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Seed Natural Food Cafe View restaurant

    12, Lorong Abu Siti, George Town, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 10400 , Georgetown, Penang
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    042297903

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    05:30PM—09:00PM
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    Ruyi Delights

    If you’re hankering for Hakka delicacies in a cosy atmosphere, Ruyi Delights is the place to be. The menu is pretty extensive yet nothing leads to disappointment. Visually stimulating and nourishing, their Lei Cha has plenty of the patrons hooked. Needless to say, expect a brimming bowl of vegetables, nuts and rice teaming up with another bowl of greenish broth that packs a herby punch. Aside from the multitudinous health benefits, the fun interplay of colour and texture charms your palate too. Despite the generous portion, it does not take a toll on your wallet and the atmosphere is worth a mention too, therefore eating healthy is no longer a tough pill to swallow. 

    Tips

    Check out their Facebook page for latest promotions and meals

    Things to expect

    Ample of parking

    Best with

    Pumpkin barley

    Price

    RM9.90 to RM20.00

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    Menara KOMTAR, 10450 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11900 , Georgetown, Penang
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    0124577242

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    11:00AM—03:00PM
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    06:00PM—09:00PM
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