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Cool Down with Barley

Cool Down with Barley

| On 31, Jan 2015

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With hazy days ahead of us this time of year, eyes will get gritty and noses/throats irritated. Besides staying hydrated with lots of water, boil up old-fashioned sweet barley soup, a Chinese folk remedy to expel internal heat caused by lack of sleep and too much fried food.

My friend Irene Shiomi, recently afflicted with a sore throat from indulging in Mexican food and fiery jalapenos, boiled up a pot of barley. She says barley soup even helps relieve the discomfort of urinary tract infection.

Sweet Barley Soup

15 cups water
50g candied melon strips (tang kueh)
2 tablespoons Chinese barley
2 tablespoons pearl barley

1)  Rinse and drain both types of barley.  Add to water in a medium high pot.  Bring to a boil. Continue to boil, on medium heat, for 15 minutes. Turn off heat.  Cover pot.

2)  Rinse candied melon strips.  Add to barley water.  Turn on heat.  Continue to boil barley for another 20 minutes (until barley grains swell up).

3)  Turn off heat. Leave to steep for 10 minutes before serving.

Tips :

  • Place a pair of chopsticks between pot and lid to release steam.  This helps to prevent the starchy water from boiling over.
  • Don’t only drink the barley water.  For fibre and as a snack, eat some of the barley grains too.
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