Grass jelly is made out of tea which is from the stalks and leaves of this plant called Chinese mesona. The signature jelly-like texture is from the added arrowroot powder which is a natural thickening agent. Grass jelly drinks are known to have lots of health benefits. Besides getting rid of body heat, grass jelly aids in indigestion and decreasing blood pressure. Actually, this drink is fantastic as it is. Moreover, the drinks are really easy and fast to prepare.
In Malaysia, the grass jelly with soy milk drink is nicknamed ‘Micheal Jackson’ referring to his song ‘Black & White’. Coincidentally, the colours of the drink are exactly that! It looks attractive because of the contrast. This combination of soy milk and grass jelly is a favourite among the locals. Moreover, soy milk is nutritious as it contains fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Grass jelly powder or fresh grass jelly can be bought in most supermarkets across Southeast Asia (including Taiwan and Vietnam). If you are living abroad, look for grass jelly powder which are usually located in the aisle where you'd find dried boba pearls. Fresh grass jelly on the other hand are sold in the refrigerated section. You should be able to find them among the different types of tofus.
Do substitute sugar with honey or agave syrup for a healthier version. Use fresh lychees instead of canned lychees, if possible.
Grass Jelly Drink is also known as: Micheal Jackson DrinkCincau DrinkCincau Soya Drink
Dilute sugar in a pot of boiling water with a knotted pandan leaf. Let syrup simmer at low heat for 10 minutes.
To prepare grass jelly lychee drink, add some lychees into a glass along with some syrup from the canned lychee. Add grass jelly into the glass and sweeten with some pandan syrup. Fill the glass with water and ice cubes.
To prepare soy milk grass jelly drink, combine soy milk, grass jelly and some pandan syrup. Best to serve both drinks chilled or with ice cubes.
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