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Grass Jelly Drink

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Grass Jelly Drink

Drinks
Category
Drinks

Easy
Difficulty
Easy

Total Time
Total Time
Prep 05 M / Cook 05 M

Servings
Yield
2 Servings

Grace Teo
Grace Teo   thegraceteo
Published on August 19, 2013

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Ingredients

1 tbsp
sugar
250 ml
water
2
pandan leaves
5
lychee(s)
4 tbsp
grass jelly
250
water
250 ml
soy milk

Background

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.

Grass jelly drinks in Malaysia & Singapore

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.

Where to buy grass jelly?

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.

Sugar substitute

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

Steps

Prepare pandan syrup

Step 1/3

Prepare pandan syrup
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 pandan leaves

Dilute sugar in a pot of boiling water with a knotted pandan leaf. Let syrup simmer at low heat for 10 minutes.

Assemble grass jelly lychee drink

Step 2/3

Assemble grass jelly lychee drink
  • 5 lychee(s)
  • 2 tbsp grass jelly
  • 250 water

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.

Assemble soy milk grass jelly drink

Step 3/3

Assemble soy milk grass jelly drink
  • 250 ml soy milk
  • 2 tbsp grass jelly

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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