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Lemon barley drink

Lemon Barley Drink

Lemon barley drink

This is an easy, healthy and cooling Chinese herbal drink which is great for combating the tropical heat.

Serves: 4 glasses

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins


  • 2.5 litres water
  • 200 grams raw barley rinsed until water is clear; if eating the barley, use pearl barley or holland barley
  • 100 grams winter melon sugar to taste
  • 2 pandan leaves tied in a knot
  • lemon juice and lemon slices


  1. Bring a pot with 2.5 litres of water to a boil. Add washed barley and pandan leaves to the pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes, until the water is slightly milky.
  2. Drain and discard the pandan leaves and barley (you can leave behind a small amount if you like to eat them).
  3. In the last 5 minutes of simmering, add winter melon sugar to taste. Note that the winter melon will not dissolve - you can eat the winter melon for the crunchy sweet taste or you may discard it.
  4. Drink warm or chilled. If making lemon barley, add a few drops of lemon juice and garnish with a slice of lemon.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. If you will like to eat the cooked barley, use pearl barley or holland barley as they are softer after cooking, compared to other varieties of barley.
  2. A little lemon juice goes a long way. Add a few drops, to taste, at a time.
  3. If the drink becomes too thick during simmering, add some hot water.

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37 Responses to “Lemon barley drink”

  1. Jun — September 16, 2009 @ 9:57 am

    erms can i ask how much lemon juice to add?


    • wiffy replied: — September 16th, 2009 @ 10:11 am

      Just a little will do. A few drops to a tablespoon because pure lemon juice is very sour. Start small and adjust the amount to your liking.


  2. Joyce Abratt — March 14, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

    Thank you for this wonderful receipe! Very refreshing.


  3. Anyhow-Cook — June 1, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

    My mum used to cook this but it was purely barley & candied melon. I tried your recipe and my hubby loves it – the pandan fragrance and the slice of lemon makes him happy! Tks for sharing. :)


    • wiffy replied: — June 4th, 2010 @ 10:16 pm

      Hi, I’m glad your hubby likes the addition of pandan and lemon. I went to your blog and there is lots of delicious foods there, thanks for your comment :)



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