Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vegetarian Thunder Tea ( Vegetarian Lui Cha)

Today I'm preparing this vegetarian meal for me and my family. This recipe is specially meant for those who are a vegetarian like me. I'm only on vegetarian twice a month which is 1st and 15th every month of lunar calendar. Some people may think "Lui Cha" is actually vegetarian but technically it is not, cause it was cook with garlic, onion, shallot, leek and dried shrimps. I agree that this is a healthy meal but definitely not considered vegetarian. Specifically garlic, shallot, leek and chives are from the onion family therefore it is not consider to be vegetarian. I have some knowledge about this, as far as i know the Buddhism Buddhist vegetarians avoid eating strong smelling pungent vegetables/ plants like garlic, shallot, onion, leek and chives. It is because these spices and vegetables contains 5 different kinds of enzymes which cause repulsive breath, foul-odor and are harming to our organs the lung and kidney. I am only able to share this information for time being however this Vegetarian Thunder Tea is saved to consume for all vegetarians. I hope you will enjoy it as much as i do.

Vegetarian Thunder Tea ( Vegetarian Lui Cha)
   Ingredients   :

   2     cups dice long bean
   1     cup preserved chopped salted radish, wash
   1     cup dice pressed tofu
   1     cup dice potato
   1/2  cup toasted peanuts
   280 g chinese spinach ( bayam) chopped
   280 g sweet potato leaf, chopped

    Tea soup paste ingredients :

    2     tablespoon tea leaves
    1     sachet green tea bag ( i used korean brand green tea)
    2     tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
    50  g  thai basil
    40  g  mint leaves
    2    ginger slices
    1/3 cup luke water
    handful toasted peanuts
    salt and pepper powder to taste

**To prepare tea soup base "lui cha"

    In a bowl, add tea leaves into the luke water for a while to soften the leaves.
    Add in basil, mint leaves, ginger, peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, green tea bag ( removed tea bag) and
    pour in the luke water with tea leaves and blend the mixture until everything becomes paste. Add salt
    and pepper powder to taste. Pour it out into a bowl and set aside.

    To serve, get ready a bowl of hot water and add in 2 - 3 teaspoons soup paste, stir mix well and its
    ready to serve.

    Method    :

    Stir-fry dice long bean, dice potato, chinese spinach, potato leaf separately by adding salt to taste and
    place each dish into separated bowls.

    To serve, ladle a scoop of white or brown rice into a wide bowl or plate. Top and arrange vegetables
    surrounding the rice and serve with a bowl of green tea.


Vegetarian Thunder Tea ( Vegetarian Lui Cha)

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