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Grass Jelly Drink

4.79 stars

Grass jelly drinks such as with lychees are the best thirst quencher on warm sunny days. Pairing grass jelly with soy milk is full of health benefits and is low on calories as well. These drinks are great accompaniment during barbecues in summer.

Total Time

Preparation 5 mins
Cooking 5 mins

Dish Type

Drink

Alternate Names

Micheal Jackson Drink, Cincau Drink, Cincau Soya Drink

Cuisines

Malaysian, Singaporean


Ingredients

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

Nutrition per Serving

Calories

30 kcal

Carbs

8 g

Fat

0 g

Protein

0 g

Food Snaps


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.

Is simple syrup with pandan leaves necessary?

Well, not really. Pandan leaves do add a wonderful aroma to the drink. However, the extra sweetness is according to your preference. It also depends on the sweetness of the soybean milk. I noticed soybean milk from Asian countries are much sweeter than European's.

Sugar substitute

Do substitute sugar with honey or agave syrup for a healthier version. Use fresh lychees instead of canned lychees, if possible.


Steps to Prepare

Grass Jelly Drink Step 1

Step 1 of 3

Prepare pandan syrup

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

Grass Jelly Drink Step 2

Step 2 of 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.

Grass Jelly Drink Step 3

Step 3 of 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.

Published: August 19, 2013


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