Barley Drink

On a rummage through my fridge this morning, I found a packet of pearl barley and winter melon strip. So, I decided to use these simple ingredients to make a refreshing barley drink for everyone at home.

The weather has been so hot lately; we desperately need some ‘cooling tea’. Barley has mild cooling properties (even young toddler can drink) and excellent detoxification effects. I used to boil barley drink every weekend last year, but somehow the routine stopped because of my own laziness. I wrote about the goodness of barley drink HERE.

Typically, there are two types of barley here – the smaller pearl barley and the larger kernel China barley. I prefer pearl barley as it is easier to boil, with just a quick wash and an hour of simmering. China barley is best when soaked for a few hours to puff up the dried grains prior boiling.

It is very easy to make. Just add one or two cup of pearl barley into 2 litres of water and simmer for an hour or so until the barley are swelled. In the last ten minutes before I turn off the fire, I add winter melon strip or rock sugar to sweeten it. It is even more delicious if I can add in pandan leaves and a tablespoonful of Manuka honey.

If you prefer lemon barley, you can add a few drops of lemon juice and garnish with a slice of lemon. Personally, I prefer the non-lemon version.

Little Edison loves barley drink. He will drink one full bottle later.


Discover the Goodness in Barley Water

Drinking barley water was one of my childhood rituals. My mother told me that barley, being a grain, has soluble fiber that regulates our stomachs, prevent water retention and cleanse our urinary system by flushing out all toxins from our body.

A home cooked barley water is made by boiling pearl barley with water, commonly flavored with lemon. It is also a cooling drink; I was encouraged to drink lots of it during the hot seasons.

Now that I’m a mother, I’ve been promoting this nourishing drink to my son. I cook barley water for him almost every week. Initially, he hates it. But after numerous attempts, he enjoys drinking it now. Rock sugar does the trick! I add a small amount to lightly sweeten the barley water.

In fact, barley water is the best supplementary drink when our children are unwell. When they are down with fever, vomiting, diarrhea or HFMD, they need plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Barley water is the ideal choice, especially when they reject water.

Barley is most effective in curing and preventing urinary tract infections. Drinking barley water several times a day helps to flush out toxins quickly and clears the urine well.

This is the barley water that I cook – the bigger bottle for my old master (aka husband) and the smaller bottle for my little master (aka Edison).

Barley Drink