|from left to right, Taiwanese, Swedish, Japanese and Chinese DIY Lei Cha|
Over the Millennium Lei Cha had many different versions and currently the Hakka people treasured this heritage more than anyone else. Around the world, Hakka people makes Lei Cha in many different form. Some would add shallots, greens and other stuff. Others would add Lei Cha over a bowl of rice for morning breakfast.
History said Hakka people of Zhou Dynasty had used this Lei Cha mixed to survive while fleeing from Chin Shih Wang who was trying to annihilate them. My guess is Hakka people was too literate for the First Emperor of China. He had burnt almost all the literature and killed many scholars. As for the fleeing Hakka people, Lei Cha was easy to carry and prepare, all the Lei Cha mixed were dried stuff, by boiling some hot water and quickly the meal was ready.
A private session at Meinong Lei Cha Shop will cost NT130 per person and you will also get a historical and cultural lessons of the Hakka people however in will be in Mandarin. I had asked Fu Mei a simple question why Hakka always burn their writings and she went on endlessly for half an hour telling me about history, health and balance of life of the Hakka people. Her information given to me was too much for me to digest so I will be heading back her direction one day to know more details.
|I did not have a session of DIY Lei Cha as I was tour guiding this group of international tourist.|
No. 142號, Chénggōng Road, Meinong District
Kaohsiung City, 843
Open daily from 10:00am to 08:30pm