The story of the Taiwanese tea – Lei Cha

This is officially my weekday note and not a weekend one. Today, at the Arabian Travel Market the Taiwanese kiosk had an interactive segment for the tea lovers. Me being an ardent coffee lover, what attracted me to the counter was the number of ingredients that was on display while the sign board said they were preparing tea.


Lei Cha or ground tea is not the same as Taiwanese tea. This thick, delicious and aromatic tea has originated from the Hakka people in the Hakka regions of Taiwan.

This tea is considered to be one of the most healthiest drinks and has a history dating back to the era of Three kingdoms. Apparently troops of General Zhang Fei fell ill due to plague before they were out capturing Chengdu. Their doctor prescribed a herbal mixture which miraculously cured the men.


How is it made? They mix tea leaves, roasted nuts and seeds, roasted grains like cooked rice and a bit of sugar, herbs, ginger and a bit of salt. Ground them well and pour hot water.


If you are not a tea lover, you will fall in love with this one. If you are already a tea lover then it will make you fall in love with it all over again.

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