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Easy Lemon Barley Drink 柠檬薏米水

Barley drink is something I grew up with on this sunny island, and it was one of the first few recipes I have learnt in my Home Econs class!

I later on grew to love those packet lemon barley drink - however which I cannot replicate the taste lol!

Lemon seems quite "flu friendly" while boosting the Vit C, which was quite timely since the kiddos were down with the flu bug.

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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!). This time round I just decided to infuse some lemon slices in the warm barley water and was well received by the husband!

Yield: Serves 4 Adults

Easy Lemon Barley Drink

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 35 mins


  • 2L water
  • 150g pearl barley, rinsed
  • 3-4 pandan leaves, washed and knotted
  • Lemon slices
  • Rock sugar and honey to taste


  1. Place water and barley in a pot and bring it to a boil. Add pandan leaves after it is boiling.
  2. 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.
  3. Off heat and leave to cool slightly. Add in lemon slices. Serve warm, or chilled. Spoon in honey before drinking.

    Note: Be sure to scrub the lemon well before adding to any beverage or water. Place lemons in a heat withstanding bowl, add in hot water. Let the lemon soak for a little while (like 1 min or so), and brush using a vegetable brush. Rinse and use :) You can also boil this beverage using thermal cooker.

Hope you'd enjoy this, and take care in the hot weather!

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