Best Lei Cha in Ipoh

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It’s hard to deny that we are not into a healthy lifestyle because unhealthy food taste a lot better and those organic set meals take a big bite off our budget. Veer away from those dreary options, grab a bowl of lei cha to brush away your previous notions. Lei cha is a traditional Hakka dish that some say was first introduced as a medicine to cure soldiers from plague, and it evolved as a staple considering the amount of health benefits. Also known as thunder tea rice, a mound of rice is shrouded with assorted vegetables and nuts, and paired with a greenish broth made from tea leaves and herbs. One would certainly appreciate the variation of texture and earthy flavours that charm your taste buds in each spoonful. Sounds simple yet it’s painstaking to prepare a good bowl of lei cha, therefore let’s leave it to the experts below. 

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    Kopitiam GT

    For many locals, this humble stall is the birthplace of lei cha obsession. On par with the reputation, they draw a huge crowd over during lunch hours. Generously portioned, julienned vegetables and nuts are filled to the brim in a bowl and an algae-hued warm soup tows along to shower over the colourful concoction. The tea soup is the main appeal here, meticulously made with assorted herbs, one would walk out of the dining space with an herby stupor once mopping the bowl clean. Planning to wrap up your meal the healthy way, opt for the Ginseng tea. 

    Tips

    Opt for extra toppings

    Things to expect

    Unassuming ambience with lots of food choices

    Best with

    Ginseng Tea

    Price

    RM3.30 to RM10.00

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    Pusat Perdagangan Greentown, 31, Persiaran Greentown 7, Pusat Perdagangan Greentown, 30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 30450, Ipoh, Perak
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    0164963846

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday
    07:00AM—04:30PM
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    Something Special Cafe

    This well-known restaurant is easily identified with a striking sky blue and yellow façade. The menu features something special for almost all sorts of diners out there with a mixture of Western and local dishes. And for you healthy advocates, lei cha is up for grabs. Assorted chopped greens and roasted peanuts are liberally loaded onto a serving of white rice and a brimming bowl of green gruel made from a mixture of herbs and tea leaves is tethered along. If plain rice isn’t wowing your taste buds, then noodles would do the job here. If might look like pesto pasta once the soup is ladled over but it's a whole lot healthier and herbier. 

    Tips

    Start your meal with apple pie tart

    Things to expect

    Simple and neat ambience

    Best with

    Sweet potato juice

    Price

    RM4.00 to RM10.00

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    16, Kampung Tebing Tinggi, 31650 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 30300 , Ipoh, Perak
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    052414346

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    11:00AM—08:00PM
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    Pusat Makanan Chor Kee

    Nothing to write home about the ambience of this food court but a variety of local delights is far from short. There are many sinfully satisfying dishes like char kuey teow and chicken rice but to reduce your guilt to a certain extent, kick start with a bowl of lei cha. A colourful concoction of diced vegetables and roasted nuts are sprinkled with herbs and dried shrimps and escorted by a bright-green broth which offers an earthy punch to your palate. Drench the soup over and mess up the concoction, then devour to your heart’s content. Changes are quite less you’ll be heading back to any unhealthy dishes on offer. 

    Tips

    Parking is scarce during lunch hours

    Things to expect

    Typical food court ambience

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Pusat Makanan Chor Kee View restaurant

    23, Tingkat Taman Ipoh 6, Taman Ipoh Selatan, 31400 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31400 , Ipoh, Perak
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    Every day
    09:00AM—04:00PM
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    07:00PM—09:00PM
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    Lei Cha Kampung Tawas

    This unassuming eatery has earned a dear place in the heart of the locals with its lei cha. Serving of white rice is draped with a mixture of vegetables and roasted nuts and its co-star, the thick herbal soup does nothing but notches the flavour to a whole new level. Aside from the crunchy and creamy elements, the inclusion of salted radish and dried shrimps offers distinctive notes to your palate. Clearly, each and every component thrown into the bowl is given lots of attention. Contrasting to the ambience, this healthy bowl isn’t anywhere near unexciting.

    Tips

    Opt for big bowl

    Things to expect

    Modest ambience

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM3.50 to RM10.00

    Lei Cha Kampung Tawas View restaurant

    357, Kampung Tawas, 30010 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 30010, Ipoh, Perak
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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:30AM—03:00PM
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