Fans of Thunder Tree – a well-liked vegan leicha (thunder tea rice) stall with branches at People’s Park Centre and VivoCity – could have till the top of June to load up at the Hakka dish.
Known for its recent and flavourful combined vegetable toppings and wealthy, piquant tea paste product of basil, mugwort and mint leaves, Thunder Tree assets its substances from its very personal natural farm, Fireflies Health Farm, in Lim Chu Kang. For those that aren’t acquainted with the homegrown undertaking, Thunder Tree has won a following amongst Singaporeans since opening in 1998, who can’t get sufficient in their MSG- and additives-free meals (even native singer-songwriter Linying has raved about them right through our February 2022 duvet interview).
According to co-owner Cai Ying Zhao, who runs the circle of relatives trade together with his folks and siblings, the expiry of the hire of its farm has resulted in a call to close down its F&B operations as smartly. After having their hire prolonged two times since 2014, the farm must vacate its premises through July, along with 10 meals farms and 13 non-food farms within the house. The 390ha plot will then be redeveloped right into a “high-tech agri-food cluster“.
“It’s sad to see my parents’ business – which they have built over the past 25 years – go. But the process to tender for another plot of land is a complicated, with no guarantee that you’ll be allocated one,” says Ying Zhao once we visited the People’s Park Centre stall remaining Thursday, which shall be remaining on 31 May. Its VivoCity arm, situated in Food Republic, shall be shutting through 30 June.
“As of now, maybe we’ll take a long vacation after this,” he muses.
Planning to talk over with their stalls? You may need to accomplish that right through off-peak hours as we’ve seen a gentle circulate of consumers queuing on the People’s Park Centre stall even after lunch – their VivoCity outlet is alleged to be even busier.
And, when you’re new to Thunder Tree, we advise asking for for a facet of house-made chilli along with your leicha. Proceed with warning even though, because it has a potent kick.
Thunder Tree is situated at #B1-06, People’s Park Centre (10.30am-6.30pm) and Food Republic at VivoCity (11am-8pm).