Lemon barley drink

Lemon Barley Drink

Lemon barley drink (柠檬薏米水) is another super-easy, refreshing drink that is perfect for the hot summer weather. The barley drink tastes good with or without lemon, and I usually add some lemon juice/lemon slice before serving for  added Vitamin C and colour. Winter melon sugar complement the taste of barley more than rock sugar in my opinion, but it is not as sweet, so you can add a small amount of rock sugar, to taste, to sweeten up if you like. Barley drink has cooling properties and perfect for combating the hot weather. I remember that my mum used to make me a whole water bottle of barley water to bring to school. This is a very mild “liang teh” which can be drank often – even daily.

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.