Barley Drink


The weather has been really hot these days. When we were kids, Ah Ma (that’s what we call grandma in Hokkian) would make us drink barley or mung bean soup on days like these. “Ciak liang” she would say in Hokkian which meant ‘eat it up to cool your body’.

Well, to this day I don’t really know if those grains could really fight the heat but they taste good for sure and a brief research on the wiki (and another Indonesian page) did enlighten me on the many health benefits of consuming barley. (We’ll do mung bean soon.) On the emotional note, for me, it tastes homely.

Since Ah Ma had said so, let’s ‘ciak liang’.  🙂

Make about 4 liter


  • 200gr Barley (aka Job’s Tears)
  • 4 pcs Rock Sugar (or to taste. Hubby finds it perfect, I prefer a lighter taste so when I have my drink I will dillute it a bit with plain water)
  • 6 pcs Pandan Leaves (tied in knots)
  • 4 liter water


  1. Rinse the barley the way rice is rinsed.
  2. Boil the barley and the pandan leaves in a big pot, once boiled turn the heat to low and let it simmer with lid partially closed for one hour or until the barley is tender.
  3. Remove the pandan leaves and add in the rock sugar. Adjust the sweetness to taste.

I like it icey chilled the way Ah Ma always served it but I’ve seen people having it warm, you can try both :).


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