Barley drink is something I grew up with on this sunny island, and it was one of the first few recipes I learnt in my Home Econs class!
I later on also grew to love those packet lemon barley drink – however which, somehow, I just cannot replicate the taste lol! Well, it’s not unexpected right. Since it is mostly flavorings in these packet drinks!
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Over here locally, most of us believe that barley water can help in “cooling” the body. We usually will give barley water to the kids when they have fever or stomach flu, or when the weather is really hot.
Adding on to the flavors of Southeast Asia, we cannot omit pandan leaves while boiling the barley water!
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I also like to include lemon sometimes, since it seems quite “flu friendly” while boosting the Vit C. It was quite timely since the kiddos were down with the flu bug.
The other time I tried sneaking in some freshly squeezed lemon juice into the barley water, but got rejected by both the toddler and the husband (oh well!). So for this time I just decided to infuse some lemon slices in the warm barley water and was well received by the husband!
Lemon Barley Drink 柠檬薏米水
- 2 L water
- 150 g pearl barley rinsed
- 3-4 pandan leaves washed and knotted
- Lemon slices
- Rock sugar and honey to taste
- Place water and barley in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add pandan leaves after it is boiling.
- Simmer for about 30-45 mins, where you will see the water turning milky. Discard pandan leaves and add in rock sugar. Stir to dissolve.
- Off heat and leave to cool slightly. Add in lemon slices. Serve warm, or chilled. Spoon in honey before drinking.
Hope you’d enjoy this, and take care in the hot weather!