Barley with Candied winter melon drink recipe

When you've eaten too much fried food or you have a sore throat, this barley drink will help cool down your body. Whether this is true or not, I don't know. But I always felt better after drinking it.
Chinese culture has a lot of food and drink remedy and I'm thankful I can try so many different things. When I'm feeling  "heaty" I like to eat grass jelly. I wish I knew how to make it, but I buy the can instead.

Prep time: 5 mins
Boiling time: 30 mins
Serves: About 1.8 litres 

200g Barley Pearls
100g Candied winter melon
2 Litres of water
(Below items are optional. It depends on your taste)
50g Rock sugar (or can use white/brown sugar), to taste
2 Pandan leaves, to taste


1. Rinse and soak barley for 30 minutes, then drain. (this is optional)
You can put the barley straight in the cooking pot instead of rinsing, but my mother always rinsed and soak the beans to get the dirt out. So this became a habit for me.

2. In a medium pot, boil the water

3. Once the water is boiling, add all the ingredients. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until barley pearl has soften  

4. Turn off heat. It can be served hot, at room temperature, or chilled. Scoop the barley water into a jug or cups and throw away the remaining ingreidents. If you don't like eating the barley you can throw it away.

Kow Chan Kuih - 9 layer Keuh

Over the weekend I tried making 9 layer kuih/kueh. It was from a Nonya recipe book. It turned out to be more firm, than the store brought soft ones. Main ingredients were rice flour, coconut milk and sugar. I wonder if using the tapioca flour will make it softer.. will need to experiment to see next time. 
This recipe was more easier than I thought. You just need to steam each layer and it's done.
As an end result, at least each layer piled off nicely. I steam each layer for 5 mins. Next time I'll reduce it to 3min and see if it will make the layers more soft.
I put too much pink colouring, so the layers is dark pink. The top layer is a lighter pink because I combined he remaining white mix with the pink mix. Need to work on my 1-2 drops.

I don't know the difference between the spelling Kuih and Kueh... Maybe one is Malaysian and one is Singaporean? I will need to look into the difference too.