Thunder Tea Rice A signature dish for Hakka Families
Thunder Tea Rice is all about herbs, vegetables and tofu. Thunder Tea Rice is a low fat, low cholesterol diet ideal for body detoxification and weight management. Many types of herbs are used in the making of Thunder Tea Rice thus it has high therapeutic and curative value. It is especially effective for cold, flu, cough and some common sickness. Thunder Tea Rice is also effective in treating joint pains and in removing stomach wind and gas. Frequent consumption of Thunder Tea Rice promotes good health and improves vitality
History of Thunder Tea Rice Qin Dynasty (221-207AD)
The story of Hakka Lei Cha dated back during the Qin Dynasty (221-207 AD) during China’s turbulent era of the Three Kingdoms. When General Zhang Fei led his troops into the Wuling province, a plague broke out in the region. His tired and exhausted troops were struck down with illness.
Fortunately, there was an old herbal medicine practitioner that came to their aid by teaching the men to collect herbs from the area and brew them into a concoction which were mixed in with some nuts, grains, pulverized tea, and ginger. It was then served with rice. This herbal concoction did wonders to ward off the plague and eventually cured all the soldiers. General Zhang's troops were revived and energized, and they continued to fight the war to victory.
According to history, the tradition of Hakka Lei Cha was practiced during the Qin Dynasty (221-207 AD). The turmoil between tribes in the North, war, floods, plagues, droughts, famine and other uncertainties drove the Northern Hans to a massive migration to the South, to Jiangxi, Guangdong and Fujian.
During the mass migration along the rough and tough terrain, the Hakka brought with them the traditional preparation of a frugal diet called Lei Cha that became a staple diet. They were able to maintain good health and acquire much needed energy although food was scarce as all that was needed to prepare Lei Cha were just a few grains and some easily available herbs.
Once reaching the South, the Hakka settled down mostly in the terrain and near the mountains and started their new lives as farmers. The local people in the South called these Northerners ‘Hakka’ literally meaning ‘Guest Families’