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Hakka "Lui Cha"

>> Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I've never fancied the green-souped Hakka "lui cha" rice dish. To me, I just can't understand what is so nice about that dish that so many people enjoy it. I've tried this dish before previously in Seremban & I couldn't bring myself to like it; it went straight to my "I would not touch this dish" list! :D

Change took place few weeks ago when I was introduced to the Hakka "lui cha" rice dish at PJ old town, a stall in the coffeeshop behind the huge Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum restaurant. It was lovely! I must say that this dish is still very much an acquired taste, but as my church member said, "This is the best Hakka "lui cha" in town. Other places do not have such tasty ones!"

Hakka "Lui Cha" (RM5.50/bowl)
It's almost vegetarian, but there's dried shrimp in the rice dish, which makes the dish very delicious! You'll get 2-3 types of green vegetables (which were stir-fried first), roasted peanuts, boiled white beans, fried eggs, caramelized onions, & a whole variety of items that I didn't bother to identify as I was really hungry & just wanted to dig in! :P
Note: Opens for breakfast & lunch only.

Somehow I can't really explain why this Hakka "lui cha" is better than many out there. I reckon it's the taste of the individual ingredients that she places into the bowl of steaming hot rice. Each different vegetable/ingredient are either stir-fried 'til fragrant or fried 'til aromatic.

The "green soup" has a pleasant mint leaves fragrance (you can taste that it's reall fresh!), but the soup wasn't salty or totally flat in taste. There's just something about the rice & soup that makes this dish so popular at this coffeeshop that it often runs out of rice & ingredients if you're there later!

Photo taken from www.benjaminfoo.com

You'll have to try it out for yourself, especially if you're a fan of Hakka "lui cha" :)

Map to Soon Lee coffeeshop

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Kedai Kopi Soon Lee
Jalan 1/10 (PJ Old Town)
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Note: It's behind the large Jin Xuan Dim Sum Restaurant

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Good Hakka "lui cha" makes me happy,


rokh June 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM  

oh my thanks for sharing! i've been hunting for a good luicha in pj :) lemme go try!

Sidney Chan February 1, 2013 at 2:37 PM  

I just tried this one, and although it was ok, I wouldn't say it was the best in pj. It's actually 3rd on the list of the 3 lui cha places I tried in pj. The 2nd is in ming tien in taman megah while the best is in millennium 86 restaurant in taman paramount.

The soup there is amazing and they offer free extra soup should you request it!

PerutBesi February 4, 2013 at 12:11 AM  

@Sidney Chan: Ooo...I've to try out the other 2 places that you've mentioned!! Thanks for the recommendation & comment ;)

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