Barley Drink Recipe.

My boyfriend was down with Tonsillitis the entire week and could not make it to work. I decided to boil him a barley drink, in hope of easing some of his pain. It was my first time preparing this drink, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. For us Chinese, we believe that the barley drink has a cooling effect, which is generally good for sore throats and fever.

Barley Drink (Serves 6)

1 cup of uncooked barley
1 cup of preserved sugared winter melon (糖冬瓜)
2 tbsp rock sugar (also known as rock candy)
10 cups of water
3 strips of pandan leaves (tied into a knot to release the flavour)

1. Wash the barley and soak it for 5-10 minutes with some water if you prefer a less cloudy drink.
2. Mix the washed barley, pandan leaves and 10 cups of water into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil.
3. After the barley has turned semi-soft (about 10 minutes later), add in the rock sugar and winter melon.
4. Boil for a further 10 minutes, cool and it is ready to drink.

It is sweet and even when I am not sick I love having this drink. 🙂


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15 Responses to “Barley Drink Recipe.”

  1. Sherxr Says:

    Aw.. how sweet. White fungus is even better. You can cook it with water and sugar. Hope your dear one recover soon 🙂 You take care too!

  2. indaycarling33 Says:

    the drink looks really yummy. and i LOVE pandan!

  3. Bruce Says:

    wha lau, who don’t know how to make barley water? This one also post. Post the following:

    1) Buddha jumps over the wall
    2) Braised abalone with Shark Fins
    3) Bird’s Nest soup

    Send samples to me afterwards and i shall write a review

  4. Buy Caviar Says:

    Its really fantastic to read this kind of the post .This is really a good creation . This is really awesome .I like the imagination of yours

    … Thanks.

  5. amsiewong Says:

    Sherxr: Thanks dear, he’s feeling better already. I’ve loaded up on my Vitamin C ever since. Haha…

    indaycarling33: Yes me too, the smell that the pandan gives off is really nice!

    Bruce: Hey I’m sure this post will benefit some people, since before this I’ve not attempted making this drink before! 🙂

    Buy Caviar: Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  6. karen Says:

    hey babe, another good one will be barley with gingko’s also cooling and gingko is known to be able to help improve memory and concentration! Glad that he’s feeling better!

  7. amsiewong Says:

    karen: Yea that one is a different type, in Catonese it’s called ‘Fu Chok Tong Sui’, I love it too! But I dislike gingko nuts, although I am aware of its goodness, heh. 😀

  8. Bruce Says:

    where’s my request for the food? 😦

  9. amsiewong Says:

    Bruce: You’re full of requests my dear friend! Haha…

  10. Middle Man Says:

    I think your boyfriend is a malingerer and you should have kicked him out to work ;). This post will explain why:

  11. Kamu Gendut Says:

    Thanks for this post… just what i needed.

    Question, i had some barley drink in singapore and the water was rather thick and starchy. Is this where the washing of the barley comes into place? the longer you wash it, the less starchy it is?


  12. Ana Says:

    this is very good. i always love to drink barley drink but never knew how to make one. so i searched and i found your post here. and right now my barley is boiling in the pot and i have put the rock sugar and winter melon. i can’t wait to have it with ice!

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  14. nadhirah Says:

    it is so good i try it……… It was very nice and testy …… mmm very good …. who did it ur dad, mum,sister or u

  15. Tim Ngim Says:

    Yeouch, I just threw the barley from the container to pot and fill with water to boil. Dint know have to wash

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