Adzuki Bean & Pearl Barley Soup Reduce Water Retention

The Chinese believe that adzuki bean is good for blood circulation as well as being a beauty food, whilst Chinese pearl barley's diuretic nature makes it a good source for detox. This soup containing both is said to help reduce water retention. It's really easy to make; all you need to do is rinse, soak, and boil.


  • 40g Chinese pearl barley
  • 60g adzuki bean
  • 10-20g Rock sugar to taste


  1. Rinse pearl barley and adzuki bean separately, soak for about half a day then strain.
  2. Boil the pearl barley with 500ml of water till soft, then add in the adzuki bean. Bring to a boil again then simmer on low heat till the beans are soft too.
  3. Add in rock sugar, stir constantly till it is all dissolved then turn heat off.
  4. Serve hot (but not burning hot) or chilled.

Versatility Note:

  1. You can increase or reduce the amount of water depending on your preference.
  2. This recipe serves 2 so you can eat half and chill the other half for later.
  3. If you are too busy to cook this regularly, you can cook in bigger amount and freeze them in small batches for future consumption.
  4. Rock sugar can be optional or replaced by honey (add honey after removed from heat).