Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Traditional Hakka Rice at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre

Here's another Singapore hawker find! 

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Lately, I've been challenging myself to eat more green! From pesto pasta to salads, even green bottled water (haha!) and if possible green tea or a whole kiwi after every meal too. On some days, I think I went overboard with my green lunch but that's alright. 

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Anyway, I stumbled upon this stall while checking out the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre --my new go-to hawker centre since we moved to our new office recently. It's a stall called Traditional Hakka Rice and it serves one main thing: Thunder Tea Rice

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So what is Thunder Tea Rice or Lei Cha Fan as it's called in Chinese? It's a Hakka vegetarian dish which, I must say, is quite tedious to prepare. This consists of a lot of ingredients which requires individual preparation, chopping and cooking. The reason why it is called such is because of the creamy green soup that comes with it. It's a mixture of traditional tea leaves and herbs (basil and coriander) giving it an acquired taste so I would say that it's either you love it or you hate it. 

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In this stall, you get the choice to have your veggies with white (S$3.50) or brown rice (S$4). I chose the latter which I tremendously enjoyed the perfect mix of peanuts, egg, string beans, white radish, kai lan, tofu and dried fish or shrimps (not quite sure!). The highlight of my meal was the tea soup which was a bit on the salty side but it was really yummy especially when I pour a spoonful over the rice. Yum! 

Researching more about Thunder Tea Rice, I found out that this veggie-filled dish is full of nutrients and health benefits. It is low fat and low cholesterol making it very friendly for the heart. At age 32, people may think that I'm being a bit too paranoid about eating healthy but really, there's no such thing as watching what you eat no matter how old you are. Stroke, heart diseases and hypertension, for example, can strike anytime and I've come to realized that it's better to prevent these now than to be sorry later on. 

Check out Traditional Hakka Rice at stall 02-21 in the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre, Block 6 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore. Closest MRT station is Tanjong Pagar (Green Line). 

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