Barley water is well known for its cooling property, it is used especially in the south east asia, where the tropical climate brings with it heat and humidity, this particular beverage could help to prevent dehydration and cool down the body.
It is normally made with screw pine leaves/Pandan leaves to give a sweet distinctive smell to the already very nice and creamy flavour. It is a kind of taste that once tried, never forget.
It is very hard to find fresh screwpine leaves here in the States, and last week while visiting a friend cum work in Arizona, I saw fresh pandan leaves sold in the Asian supermarket. I was elated and waste no time to bring one packet home!
The Chinese traditional herb and medicine also believed that barley could help to reduce weight, cure water retention, is a good source of fibre, and could help to whiten skin colour. If used for long term, could also help to prevent freckles and wrinkles! Talking about home-made skincare huh!
1/2 Barley （Mixture of Chinese Pearl barley and Pearl Barley is the best）
2 leaves of Pandan/Screwpine Leaves
2-3 Rock Sugar （or to taste）
8-10 cups of water
Clean and soak barley for half an hour, pour it into a deep claypot/stock pot with 8-10 cups of water.
Clean and tie the pandan leaves into a knot, lightly crush it a little to release more fragrance. Cook the barley water with pandan leaves, first bring the water to boil, and reduce heat to medium low, and cook for another hour.
Add rock sugar after turning off stove. DO NOT add sugar earlier, as it reduces the sweetness.
Healthy Skincare drink... one glass?
中文版，For Chinese，Click --》香兰薏米水