RECIPE: Red and Pearled Barley Singo pear “Tea”


Feeling a little sluggish after the holiday meals?  This is my simple and easy home remedy for digestion and water retention. I usually take it late in the morning and never exceed a cup a day for a short duration when I feel it is necessary.

A month ago I had a pretty bad dry cough, I made this drink and it also helped to soothe the sore throat and get rid of the “dryness” we often encounter here in Vancouver during the winter season.

I remember as a child we had a lot of barley drinks particularly in the hot summer months, the taste and the feeling of comfort is deeply ingrained in my memory.

Same as any other herbal remedies, please use sparingly and according to your needs.  Pay attention to your body’s reactions and always check with your physician if you are unsure.


 1 litre of  filtered water, 1/3 cup of red barley, 1/3 cup of pearled barley, 1 medium singo (korean singo) pear and small handful of goji berries (optional)


  • Peel and core the pear,  then cut into chunks
  • Rinse and clean the barley, you can mix them together
  • Put all ingredients in large pot and bring to a boil, then simmer for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Strain the liquid, store in glass container  and refrigerate after it cools down


  • Can be served hot or cold; I prefer to take it as a hot drink
  • Store barley in tightly sealed glass container in refrigerator





8 thoughts on “RECIPE: Red and Pearled Barley Singo pear “Tea”

  1. Hi Deborah,

    I would love to try this “tea”, where did you get the red barley? I’m from Calgary. Thanks.

  2. Hi Deborah,
    Great! I’ll try to check the local Chinese herbal shop as I’ve finally got all the ingredients, except the red barley. Can’t wait to make it & I’ll let you know how it turns out. Wish me luck & have a great weekend. : )

    1. Hi Linda let me know how it turns out! The red barley is the “cooked” barley :). Also be mindful don’t take it in the evening as this drink helps with water retention. While on this also drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.

  3. Hi Deborah,

    Haha… it turned out that I couldn’t find the red barley. Wait… do you mean it is “熟薏米” ? If so, that’s much easy to look for it. Thanks. I’ll definitely let you know the result. Thanks for your tips as well on how to drink it. 🥰

  4. Hi Deborah,
    I’ve tried the tea. It tasted great & I love it. Not so sweet & you felt so soothing after drinking it. I’ll keep making it more for family & friends. Thanks for sharing! : )

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