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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