Malaysian Grass Jelly or Cincau and Soy Drinks Recipe

Malaysian Grass Jelly or Cincau and Soy Drinks Recipe

Grass jelly is made by boiling the aged and slightly oxidized stalks and leaves of Platostoma palustre (Mesona chinensis) with potassium carbonate for several hours with a little starch and then cooling the liquid to a jelly-like consistency. This jelly can be cut into cubes or other forms, and then mixed with syrup to produce a drink or dessert thought to have cooling properties, which makes it typically consumed during hot weather.

The jelly itself is fragrant, with a smoky undertone, and is a translucent dark brown, sometimes perceived to be black. Food coloring may sometimes be added to make it darker.

Grass jelly with soy milk drinks with health benefits and low calories. Great for BBQ during summer.

Grass jelly with lychees is the best thirst quenchers on warm sunny days. Besides getting rid of body heat, grass jelly aids in indigestion and decreasing blood pressure. Anyway, this drink is just fantastic as it is! Moreover, it is so easy to prepare. In Malaysia, this other drink is nicknamed “Micheal Jackson” referring to his song “Black & White”. Coincidentally, the colours of the drink is exactly that!

It looks attractive because of the contrast. This combination of soy milk and grass jelly drink is a favourite among the locals. Moreover, soy milk is a nutritious drink which contains fatty acids, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Do substitute sugar with honey or agave syrup for a healthier version. Also, use fresh lychees instead of canned lychees.


  • 2 pandan leaves
  • 250 milliliters water
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cans lychees
  • soy milk
  • grass jelly


  1. Dilute sugar in a pot of boiling water with a knotted pandan leaf.
  2. Let syrup simmer at low heat for 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare grass jelly lychee drink, add some lychees into a glass along with some syrup from the canned lychee.
  4. Add grass jelly into glass and sweeten with some pandan syrup.
  5. To prepare soy milk grass jelly drink, combine soy milk, grass jelly and some pandan syrup.
  6. Best to serve both drinks chilled or with ice cubes.


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