Had lunch at Geylang Lorong 17 today. One of my favourite coffee shop items. It’s Lei Cha Fan which is translated to GroundTea Rice. You can have it with white rice for S$3 or brown rice (my choice) for S$3.50. 

You can see them at: http://www.sbestfood.com/jiaxiang.htm 

Below is the sign just outside the coffee shop. The stall is run by a very pleasant older couple (I guess in their late 50s or early 60s).

Lei Char Sign

This is a Hakka dish and is a dying coffee shop item. I know of only 3 in
Singapore (a couple in Jurong) and I’ll guess no more than half a dozen exists around the island.

It’s basically a dish that is served in two parts. One is rice (brown or white) with all sorts of condiments, mostly vegetables, fried silverfish and peanuts.

lei char fan before mix

The other part is like a Chinese “pesto” soup (served hot) which I’m guessing is ground tea, mint, and other green herbs and/or vegetables and all blended up. 

lei char soup

You basically pour in the hot “soup” into the rice dish and mix it all up. It’s super delicious and probably one of the healthiest coffee shop foods you can find. The guy was so kind that after he noticed I slurped up everything, he gave me another (free) bowl of the hot tea soup. Super highly recommended by me!


Before being combined….

lei char 

Combined and mixed together and ready to eat!