Grass Jelly {Cincau}

by Kiran on July 21, 2015 · 10 comments

in Beverages, Desserts, Malaysia

Hello friends!!!

Summer is scorching here in Florida and we have been gobbling up as many watermelons as possible. It’s natural to go overboard with watermelons.

And grass jelly for that matter.

Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun
If you never had grass jelly, you must. Immediately. Since we are on a superfood “hype” cycle these days, grass jelly definitely belongs in that hype as well.

It’s a healthy concoction that would boost energy and endurance with it’s herbal properties. Most importantly, it helps to keep the body temperature cool during summer.

Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun
Schools are on during summers back in Malaysia and this is what I looked forward too. Gulping down a cool and refreshing beverage after school those days, was just as satisfying as I can remember while sipping cincau right about now.

Oh memories… Seems like a million years ago. The grey hairs are a perfect testament to how much time has flown by.

Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun
Have it plain or with soy milk, it will instantaneously transport you to a tropical island adventure. Just don’t be too intimidated by the appearance of grass jelly.

Looks can be deceiving, and the taste will be triumphant.

Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun

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  • A block of grass jelly, cubed*
  • cold water
  • soy milk, chilled
  • lychee from a can, reserving the juices
  • ice cubes

Pandan-flavored simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pandan leaf, knotted


  1. Prepare pandan-flavored simple syrup by adding all ingredients in a deep saucepan. Heat it on medium and bring the syrup to a gentle simmer. Simmer and steep for another 15 minutes to infuse syrup with pandan flavor.
  2. Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool before chilling it in the refrigerator.

Lychee Cincau

  1. To prepare lychee cincau, layer tall glasses with a few tablespoons of cubed grass jelly, pandan simple syrup, lychee and its juices.
  2. Top it off with ice cubes and cold water. Using a tall spoon, give everything a stir, sip to taste and adjust sweetness accordingly.

Soy Cincau

  1. To prepare soy cincau, layer tall glasses with a few tablespoons of cubed grass jelly and pandan simple syrup.
  2. Top it off with ice cubes and chilled soy milk. Using a tall spoon, give everything a stir, sip to taste and adjust sweetness accordingly.

*notes: grass jelly can be purchased from your local oriental supermarket, either fresh or canned.


Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun
Off to enjoy the Floridian summer, with a glass of cincau in tow. That’s just natural 🙂

Grass Jelly {Cincau} | @KiranTarun
Have you tried grass jelly before?


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1 Rosa July 21, 2015 at 2:33 PM

It’s scorching hot here too (35°-39°C)… This drink is wonderful. I’d love to taste it.



2 Monica July 21, 2015 at 8:40 PM

I used to have grass jelly a lot back as a kid. Have not had it in a long time but I love it…always so good with a sweet syrup. This is perfect for this heat!
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3 John/Kitchen Riffs July 21, 2015 at 10:18 PM

I’ve never had one of these! And it’s been hot here, so I need one. Really fun recipe — thanks.
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4 Angie@Angie's Recipes July 22, 2015 at 1:47 PM

I used to eat TONS of grass jelly as a kid. A fantastic summer cooler.
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5 Ash-foodfashionparty July 22, 2015 at 2:07 PM

That’s a beautiful summery drink. I have never has grass jelly, I need to try it out. I’m loving the lychee twist. Your pictures as usual are stunningly styled.

6 Mallika July 23, 2015 at 5:23 PM

Never heard of grass jelly. I wonder what it tastes like? Is it bland and just jelly like or has a flavor? Your photos are just amazing! I’m always full of admiration when I am here.
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7 Coffee and Crumpets July 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM

I’ve never tried grass jelly….is it like that China grass? If it is, then I have!
I love lychees so I already think this is delicious, and I do like jelly…
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8 Soraya @ Makin' Me Thirsty August 15, 2015 at 5:32 AM

Delicious!!! I can’t always find Cincau here in Australia, so whenever Mum is visiting from KL, she always brings a few cans. Perfect summer drink.

9 Shatakshi September 22, 2015 at 9:23 AM

The pictures look so enticing 😀
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10 MyKabulKitchen November 22, 2015 at 3:01 PM

So interesting, I have never seen this before, thank you for sharing 🙂
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