Best Lei Cha in Johor Bahru (JB)

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We all want to be healthy, that’s for sure but those dreary-looking, overstuffed vegetable sandwiches and organic vegetarian meals that costs an arm and a leg do nothing but throw a monkey wrench into our healthy diet. Then, we head back to those unhealthy dishes that are more close, convenient and cost-friendly. Veer away from your regular options and savour a good bowl of lei cha, a renowned Hakka dish that offers a heap of health benefits. A mound of white or brown rice is draped with assorted vegetables and nuts, and paired with a greenish soup made from herbs and tea leaves. Visually impressing, comforting and delicious, it completely sweeps away all your previous notions about healthy food. Where in Johor Bahru? Keep scrolling. 

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    Tai Hong Kopitiam has always been a household name among the locals, mainly for their yong tau foo and lei cha. The eatery is easily identified with a huge green signboard and spacious seating that is commonly filled to the brim during lunch hours. The lei cha is well-stocked in a bowl with julienned vegetables, fried tofu cubes, ground nuts and fried shallots, while the greenish broth that tags along is the main draw. Meticulously made with green tea, seeds and herbs, the refreshing concoction changes the face of this humble dish into a nourishing and delicious one.

    Tips

    Butter and kaya toast is widely revered too

    Things to expect

    Traditional Hakka food

    Best with

    Kopi O

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM10.00

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    42, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 42, Jalan Kuning, Taman Pelangi, 80400, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    08:00AM—06:00PM
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    Restoran Rasa Hakka

    This humble-looking restaurant is reputed as the place to be when your belly begs for Hakka-influenced and Malaysian dishes. Also, no one steps out of the restaurant without a brimming bowl of lei cha. The generous serving of vegetables and nuts offer a genuine variation of colour and texture, while the thick herbal broth is full of fragrance and flavour. Some prefer to opt for a big bowl, without turning their attention to other contenders on the menu, while some reduce their guilt before digging deep into bak kuh teh and other Hakka dishes. 

    Tips

    Cash only

    Things to expect

    Unassuming atmosphere

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM15.00

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    91-99, Jalan Keris 1, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80050, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    0127071449

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    11:00AM—06:00PM
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    Ehhe Art Cafe

    It’s pretty common to see classic and traditional dishes bumped a notch adhering to hipsters’ demand out there. And why not lei cha? Ehhe Art Cafe has taken this Hakka dish into greater heights with offerings like Lei Cha Spaghetti and Lei Cha Fried Rice. The spaghetti may resemble like a pesto rendition yet it’s far healthier and herbier, while the handful of mushrooms and sprinkling of nuts contribute a nice layer of crunch and flavour. Interior-wise, the clever blend of wooden framework and furniture, as well as authentic Chinese ornaments, offer a field day for photography enthusiasts too. 

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    Check out their Facebook page

    Things to expect

    Picture-perfect backdrop

    Best with

    Cold pressed juices

    Price

    RM13.90 to RM30.00

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    1-7, Jalan Trus, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia, 80000, Johor Bahru, Johor
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    072200866

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    07:00AM—05:00PM
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    Bestmart

    Bestmart wears a number of hats - wet and dry market, household and clothing shopping space and a food court, which we are looking at now. For numerous years, locals head over to a humble stall to charm their taste buds with a good bowl of lei cha. Generously portioned, a mound of brown rice is completely shrouded with chopped long beans, spinach, fried peanuts, cabbage and preserved radish. Their greenish gruel does not pale in comparison too, certainly perks up your palate with a melee of herby and earthy flavours and a trace of nuttiness. Not in the mood to dine in? They also offer takeaways. 

    Tips

    Opt for big bowl

    Things to expect

    Bustling atmosphere

    Best with

    Yong Tau Foo

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM10.00

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    Jalan Sutera Danga, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia, 81300 , Johor Bahru, Johor
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    075126088

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    11:00AM—09:00PM
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    Ke Ren Lai

    Across a menu filled with delicious Chinese cuisine, you will find a serving of Lei Cha that will fill your mouth with wonderful flavours. This simple dish is made to satisfy even the strongest appetite here at Ke Ren Lai. The ingredients are prepared fresh to ensure you only get the tastiest bowl of this green delight, so to prove that even the simplest can taste the best.   

    Tips

    They also have an outdoor area.

    Things to expect

    An extensive selection of dishes.

    Best with

    Coffee, Tea

    Price

    RM5.00 to RM25.00

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    Sutera Mall, 1, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/4, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor, Malaysia
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    10:00AM—10:00PM
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